First, body: stories

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Houghton Mifflin, 1997 - Fiction - 165 pages
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A distinctive voice marks Melanie Rae Thon's fiction. The nine stories in this new collection are peopled by characters who live on the margins, in landscapes both urban and rural. In the heartbreakingly comic title story, a 326-pound woman in a Seattle morgue pins a Vietnam vet to the floor. In "Necessary Angels", 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 cobblestone streets of Boston to a deserted Montana road, Thon's stories set us in the borderlands, in the places where sudden accidents and misguided passions make it impossible to return to the safe territory of a former life.

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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  - Krysten - Goodreads

HOLY GOD these stories are painfully beautiful. I'm outraged that I never heard of Melanie Rae Thon until this summer, when my husband read "Xmas, Jamaica Plain" for a class. He told me to read it ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Melanie Rae Thon is the author of the novels "Meteors in August" and "Iona Moon" and the story collections "First, Body" and "Girls in the Grass." Her work has appeared in "Paris Review, Story, Granta, " and "Best American Short Stories." She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Originally from Montana, she now divides her time between the Pacific Northwest and Salt Lake City, where she teaches at the University of Utah.

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