O Street: Stories

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OV Books, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 145 pages
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Powerful stories of a woman caught in the long shadow cast by the love of her mother The tightly linked stories of Corrina Wycoff's gripping debut collection follow the life of Elizabeth Dinard. Raised in poverty by a schizophrenic single mother who self-medicates with heroin, Elizabeth experiences a childhood fraught with emotional and financial insecurity, as well as darker exploitations.
Now living a fragmented and desperate adulthood, she continually attempts to outrun her brutal past but proves unable to let go of her love for the charismatic, lawless mother who continues to haunt her. In her struggles as she ages, leaves home, moves through lovers, loses her mother to suicide, and eventually becomes a single mother herself, Elizabeth's gritty determination to simply survive--to exist--is an enormous, if bittersweet, victory.

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User Review  - Melins09 - LibraryThing

Book was insightful at times but very jumpy. Chapters seemed to jump years at a time with little to no warning. Not a happy story, very interesting to read but I think it could have been written better. Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Corrina Wycoff's fiction and essays have appeared in Other Voices, New Letters, Coal City Review, The Oregon Quarterly, Brainchild, Out of Line, Golden Handcuffs, and the anthologies Best Essays Northwest and The Clear Cut Future. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon, and an MA in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She lives with her son in Seattle, Washington, and teaches English and writing at Pierce College.

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