A Citizen of the World: Short Fiction
Like the writers Harriett Doerr (Stones for Ibarra) and Penelope Fitzgerald (The Blue Flower), Maclin Bocock has been quietly honing her craft for many years. A Citizen of the World is an astonishingly self-assured and accomplished debut. Her prose possesses great charm, depth, and calm, but is stirred by storms of passion that John Hawkes calls, "the strength of a woman in a world of eternal betrayal." Here are twelve stories and a novella, set variously in the deep south of Bocock's birth, and ranging afield to Mexico, France, and North Africa. In her introduction to A Citizen of the World, Alice Hoffman writes, "Her heart-stopping stories of childhood trauma might bring to mind Eudora Welty. Her cool, reserved novella might be a cousin to Hemingway. Her impassioned stories of love and marriage may remind you of Colette. And yet, Ms. Bocock's voice is singularly and wonderfully her own." This is captivating storytelling, by a mature and assured new talent.
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