Mattaponi Queen: Stories

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Graywolf Press, Dec 21, 2010 - Fiction - 240 pages
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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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Boggs's sure-footed debut collection, winner of the Bakeless Prize for Fiction, is set on and around the Mattaponi Indian reservation in Virginia.The Mattaponi is formed by the confluence of four ... Read full review

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I produce an event that celebrates short stories by Virginia writers. I picked up Mattaponi Queen, hoping to find something I could feature, and I did. Of the twelve stories in the collection, "Jonas ... Read full review


Deer Season
Good News for a Hard Time
Imperial Chrysanthemum
It Wont Be Long
Buckets of Rain
Election Day
Mattaponi Queen
Youngest Daughter
Bread Loaf and the Bakeless Prizes

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BELLE BOGGS has published work in Glimmer Train, Oxford American, and Best New American Voices 2003. She received an MA in fiction from the University of California at Irvine and grew up in King William County, Virginia.

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