Elegies for the Brokenhearted: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 18, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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"Deeply, satisfyingly original…Elegies is the literary equivalent of a hand grenade." —Joanna Smith Rakoff, New York Times Book Review

Who are the people you’ll never forget? For Mary Murphy, there are five, eulogized here in an utterly unforgettable voice. Mary tells the story of her own life—her childhood spent trading one home and father figure for another, her efforts to track down her rebellious sister, and her winding search for purpose—through her experiences and encounters with the people who shaped her path. The result is an unconventional and moving story about identity, family, and belonging.


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User Review  - klburnside - LibraryThing

This book is told as elegies to five important people in the life of the narrator. Through these elegies the narrator's own story is told. I thought the writing was beautiful, the characters well-developed, and the style creative. Definitely a high four star book. Read full review

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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

OK, this is a depressing book. It tells the stories of five people who were known by the narrator and who died younger than they might have been expected. They all failed to reach their potential by a ... Read full review

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Christie Hodgen is the author of Elegies for the Brokenhearted; Hello, I Must Be Going; and A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw. She has won the AWP Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she lives.

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