Synopses & Reviews
This evocative collection of 14 stories introduces women struggling to make their voices heard amid the cacophony of everyday life. Molly Giles portrays women blessed with the delightful ability to pick up and go on . . . even if it's in the wrong direction.
Susan Kelly USA Today [Giles] is a master of the short story. To say these stories are only about women is to do them a disservice, for they speak to the heart of being human.
Nanette Maxim Ms. Reading Giles's arresting prose is akin to opening an intriguing stranger's diary -- you're immediately drawn into a world where all the niceties have been dispensed with; what remains is powerful, honest storytelling.
Ruth Moose News & Record Wow! That's my first word for Molly Giles's short stories. My second is brilliant. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Unforgettable. This collection of fourteen stories is a gem and should be on every woman's shelf. Men, too, if they want to understand women's lives. And hearts. And minds.
Chase Collins Chicago Tribune Step into Creek Walk... and prepare to be knee-deep in the vividly imagined, wry, and intelligent.
In this breathtaking and unforgettable collection of fourteen stories, Molly Giles introduces us to women struggling in the everyday, and in elegant, poignant, and achingly true prose, observes the human condition.
About the Author
Molly Giles, with her keen eye and ear for a story, is soon to be an acclaimed writer of our times. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Giles's first collection, Rough Translations,
received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press (1985). This same work also received the Boston Globe Award and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Fiction. She has won numerous other writing awards, including a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Award.
Ms. Giles's fiction has been widely published in journals and magazines, including Redbook, San Francisco Review of Books Literary Supplement, New England Review, and Five Fingers Review.
She won the National book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Book Reviewing in 1991. Her book reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Jose Mercury News.
She has a masters degree in English and is an associate professor at San Francisco State University. Acknowledged by her well-known students for her keen eye and ear for a story and for her writing abilities, Giles has also taught such bestselling novelists as Amy Tan and Gus Lee in writing workshops. She lives in Woodacre, California.
Table of Contents
Leaving the Colonel
Talking to Strangers
The Writers' Model
The Language Barrier
Smoke and Mirrors
The Blessed Among Us
Survival in the Wilderness
Can You Ever Forgive Me?