Her Kind of Want

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University of Iowa Press, Aug 21, 2002 - Fiction - 152 pages
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Set mainly in the small towns of Alabama, the stories in Her Kind of Want ache with the relentless longing of the poor, struggling, usually discarded southern women who tell us their lives—lives that seem to revolve around men whose only presence is their absence.

Bebe, Luna, Melly, Little Hula, Dena. These are just a few of the women we meet in Jennifer Davis's award-winning collection. Women who married too fast, had children too young, and drink too much. Yet beneath their unpolished exteriors, these women are flesh and blood, and their wants and needs are as severe and deep as any.

Davis's characters relate their stories in voices as complex and raw as their southern environment. Each tale may sound slightly familiar—an unwanted pregnancy, a fast car flying down a country road—but Davis moves beyond the familiar stories of the rural South to expose the gaps that connect these women, creating startlingly real and vibrant characters.

Although often bleak and sometimes disturbing, Her Kind of Want is a celebration of southern people, their perseverance, their spirit, and their determination to make the ugly beautiful.


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About the author (2002)

Jennifer Davis was born and raised in Alabama, where she grew up exploring the banks of Lake Martin and the Tallapoosa River. In 2001, she received her MFA from the University of Alabama; she now lectures at the University of Miami. Davis's stories have been published in such journals as the Apalachee ReviewGreensboro ReviewHayden's Ferry Review, and Crab Orchard Review.

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