Newfangled: A Novel

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Simon & Schuster, 1998 - Fiction - 299 pages
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Maidie's mother has been missing since 1974. When Maidie left her childhood home in the name of Self-Improvement - to make a better life - she left behind a father, two sisters, and an ex-stepmother. She hasn't seen any of them for eleven years. Maidie has one ex-husband in Nebraska and another in Virginia, as well as a host of former neighbors and co-workers who occupy her memory like a Greek chorus. Her psychic baggage alone could fill up a large-size moving van. Just when Maidie is ready to wrench herself free from her latest gig - a job as a curator of Tucson's Museum of Domestic History and Home Economy, a devoted boyfriend, and a cluster of admiring friends - fate intervenes, allowing her the option of rejecting or embracing her disconnected, interrupted past. In Newfangled, a woman who's afraid of knowing anyone very well for very long suddenly finds herself imagining what life would be like if she were to take a chance, to stay.

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Newfangled: a novel

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The story of Maidie Bonasso's life resembles a kaleidoscope--the imagery is hard-edged yet dazzling, and while the pictures change smoothly, the narrative never settles into one pattern. Maidie has a ... Read full review

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I mark this as read, but I gave up after 50 pages. The writing was good, but I didn't care about the characters. I kept feeling like I'd been reading forever... Then realized I'd only made it another 10 pages. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
15
Section 3
77
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Debra Monroe, the winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction, is an associate professor in the MFA program at Southwest Texas State University and is the author of "The Source of Trouble" and "A Wild, Cold State." She lives in Wimberley, Texas.

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