Synopses & Reviews
It's been nineteen months since thirty-year-old Birdy Stone came to Pinetop. Birdy spends her days trying to teach her students to appreciate the beauty of literature and her nights getting high with Jesus, her gay colleague and confidant.
Birdy regards Pinetop as merely an escapade. But the desultory quality of her life is interrupted when a middle-aged widow asks Birdy to edit her rambling memoir. Combining superb storytelling with good humor, Antonya Nelson follows Birdy as she helps Mrs. Anthony reconstruct the history surrounding the bizarre and mysterious deaths of Mrs. Anthony's husband and daughter years earlier. As Birdy is drawn deeper into her subject's story, she begins a love affair with Mrs. Anthony's surviving son -- a young man who just happens to be one of Birdy's students. With its sensuous and lovingly rendered Southwestern setting, Nobody's Girl is a startling novel that showcases the striking talents of an emminently gifted writer.
The New Yorker[Nelson's] perfectionism in this deftly plotted novel is both rigorous and delightful.
Suzanne RutaThe New York Times Book ReviewIn Nobody's Girl...[Nelson] wraps her tart, surprising sentences around a slew of trends and shibboleths: motherhood, New Mexico, the healing power of memoir, the national obsession with sex scandals.
The New Yorker
[Nelson's] perfectionism in this deftly plottednovel is both rigorous and delightful.
Combining superb storytelling with insight and humor, Nelson spins a tale that is both comic and tragic, a story of growing up, of getting high and feeling low, and of the lessons of literature and life.
About the Author
Antonya Nelson teaches creative writing at New Mexico State University and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and divides her time between Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Telluride, Colorado. Two collections of her stories, In the Land of Men and The Expendables, and the novel Nobody's Girl are published by Scribner Paperback Fiction.