Mattaponi Queen: Stories (Google eBook)
Winner of the 2009 Bakeless Fiction Prize, a confident debut collection from Belle Boggs about life on and around the Mattaponi Indian Reservation
Set on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation and in its surrounding counties, the stories in this linked collection detail the lives of rural men and women with stark realism and plainspoken humor. A young military couple faces a future shadowed by injury and untold secrets. A dying alcoholic attempts to reconcile with his estranged children. And an elderly woman’s nurse weathers life with her irascible charge by making payments on a decrepit houseboat—the Mattaponi Queen. The land is parceled into lots, work opportunities are few, and the remaining inhabitants must choose between desire and necessity as they navigate the murky stream of possession, love, and everything in between.
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Review: Mattaponi QueenUser Review - Carol Parry - Goodreads
I picked up this book - because I liked the cover [for real] - and I read the first story in the store. Couldn't leave without it. And, the following short stories were excellent. I liked how the ... Read full review
Review: Mattaponi QueenUser Review - Lauren Bee - Goodreads
Great collection of vignettes with a matter of fact, easy tone that suits the setting of these stories. The characters are compelling and very real, with a somberness to them that make you think about ... Read full review