Skip to content
Paperback Girls in the Grass Book

ISBN: 0805058389

ISBN13: 9780805058383

Girls in the Grass

Select Format

Select Condition ThriftBooks Help Icon

Selected

Format: Paperback

Condition: Good

$4.89
Save $7.11!
List Price $12.00

3 Available

Book Overview

Winner of a 1997 Whiting Writers'Award One of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists" Ranging across a uniquely American landscape, from rural Idaho and suburban Arizona to downtown Boston, the eleven stories in this eagerly awaited reissued collection explore with painful lyricism the harsh awakenings of adolescence: eroticism and hypocrisy, love and violence, responsibility and guilt, adult inconstancy and the random cruelty of life and death.

Customer Reviews

1 rating

Stories of uncommon depth and style: A new standard

Now that I've read Melanie Rae Thon's GIRLS IN THE GRASS, I know what's possible from truly great short stories--and there's no reason to settle for anything less.I first read one of Thon's stories, "Iona Moon," in a small literary magazine a few years ago. Used to short fiction that lacked engaging plots, complex characters, and that left me ultimately dissatisfied, I was startled by Thon's sustained, narrative energy, bold characters, and lyrical prose. But there was something else that, at the time, I couldn't quite identify--now that I've read her collection, I realize that Thon is a writer with a moral vision out of which she creates characters of great vitality and vulnerability who struggle with questions of faith, guilt, power, desire, redemption, love. For me, this kind of depth and craft makes reading short fiction incredibly rewarding.A few examples--There are three best girlfriends in Thon's title story, "Girls in the Grass," teasing with the pleasures and confusions of sexual desire and friendship. There's the twelve-year-old girl in the chilling story "Punishment," who is haunted throughout her lifetime by her complicity in the hanging of a slave in 1858 on her family's plantation. There's the young girl in "Repentence," whose resentment of her senile grandmother leads her to discover her own wickedness and desire. There's the aging male professor in "Small Crimes" whose clumsy seduction of a promising, younger woman poet opens up her painful, revealing past.Each story is in itself fully realized, but each gains meaning and power from its arrangement in the collection. Beautifully crafted and large in their scope and emotional complexity, Thon's stories offer readers a powerful, transforming experience.
Copyright © 2020 Thriftbooks.com Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Do Not Sell My Personal Information | Accessibility Statement
ThriftBooks® and the ThriftBooks® logo are registered trademarks of Thrift Books Global, LLC
GoDaddy Verified and Secured