First, Body: Stories

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Houghton Mifflin, Jan 1, 1997 - Short stories - 165 pages
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In praise of her first story collection, Girls in the Grass, the New York Times wrote, " Melanie Rae Thon belts out her short stories in a tone and style reminiscent of classic blues singers . . . The reader is swept along not only by her remarkable characterizations but also by the taut, magic current of her prose, which carries an exhilarating rhythmic punch. " Thon brings to her new collection all the emotional intensity and vibrant lyricism that marked her first, in stories that are both dazzling and unsettling. In the title story, chosen by Jane Smiley for The Best American Short Stories 1995, a 326-pound woman in a Seattle morgue pins a Vietnam vet to the floor. A young girl in Florida reveals the secret dangers of her privileged life: alligators and furious ducks, a crippled grandfather, a burning car. Taking us from the cobblestoned streets of Boston to a deserted Montana road, Thon's stories transport us to the borderlands, to the places where sudden accidents and misguided pa

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User Review  - Laura Neu - Goodreads

This book is stunning. Melanie Rae Thon's prose is tight, her use of words is seamless. The language is vivid, fierce, and breathtakingly powerful. Thon writes with a kind of fluidity and lyricism I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Derek Sillerud - Goodreads

Great collection of stories. Well-written and each unique in their style and characters. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Melanie Rae Thon is the author of two previous novels, "Iona Moon" & "Meteors in August," as well as two story collections, "Girls in the Grass" & "First, Body." She won a Whiting Award in 1997. Originally from Montana, Thon teaches at Ohio State University. She resides in Columbus, Ohio.

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