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Brief History of the Flood (02 Edition)by Jean Harfenist
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Lillian Anderson is a strong-minded, backwoods-Minnesota girl, well-versed in the basics of survival. She can find air to breathe under a capsized boat, drive in a blizzard, or capture a wild duck. As part of a large struggling family, she tiptoes around her explosive father whose best days always come right after hes poached something and her neurotically optimistic mother whose bursts of vigor bring added chaos. Lillian barrels through adolescence with no illusions about her future, honing her clerical skills while working the nightshift as a salad girl in the airport kitchen. Just as shes on her feet and moving out, their house is literally sinking into the marsh. Stunningly honest, this story explores the fierce love that binds family together.
Disarmingly direct and brimming with strong emotion, A Brief History of the Flood is an irresistible book about the maddening but unavoidable impulse to fix the ones you love.<P>Growing up in Acorn Lake, Minnesota, Lillian Anderson is well-versed in basic survival: she knows how to breath from an air pocket under a flipped-over boat, and how to dodge Dad when he's been tipping his flask. But as her family slips down the town's social ladder, things get more complicated. With a mother who lives life on an emotional rollercoaster, and three siblings with an even looser grasp on their surroundings, Lillian struggles to find a future in a landscape that doesn't look too promising.
About the Author
This is Jean Harfenists first book. It was a Minneapolis Star Tribune Best Book of the Year. Stories excerpted from it won the Prism International Fiction Prize and received special mention for The Pushcart Prize. She was named a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Nimrod/Hartman Award, the Kirkwood Literary Prize, the Missouri Review Editors Prize, and the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. Her short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Barcelona Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Crazyhorse, Sonora Review, Wisconsin Review, The Sun, and the Cream City Review. She is a native of Minnesota, a graduate of New York University, and now lives in Santa Barbara with her husband.
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