Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories
"Gorgeously crafted stories."
—Nancy Pearl (Book Lust) on Morning Edition, "Books for a Rainy Day"
"My favorite thing about her is the wry, uncanny tenderness of her stories. She has the astonishing ability to put her finger on the sweet spot right between comedy and tragedy, that pinpoint that makes you catch your breath. You're not sure whether to laugh out loud or cry, and you end up doing both at once."
"When I first read China Mountain Zhang many years ago, Maureen McHugh instantly became, as she has remained, one of my favorite writers. This collection is a welcome reminder of her power—they are resonant, wise, generous, sharp, transporting, and deeply, deeply moving. McHugh is enormously gifted; each of these stories is a gift."
"Wonderfully unpredictable stories, from the very funny to the very grim, by one of our best and bravest imaginative writers."
"Enchanting, funny and fierce by turns —a wonderful collection!"
* Story Prize finalist.
In her luminous, long-awaited debut collection, award-winning novelist Maureen F. McHugh wryly and delicately examines the impacts of social and technological shifts on families. Using beautiful, deceptively simple prose, she illuminates the relationship between parents and children and the expected and unexpected chasms that open between generations.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cindywho - LibraryThing
I've wondered if the McHughs characters seem so real because they're often so depressed. This was a free electronic book that I read on a touch. Many of the stories were meditations on motherhood or ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KarlBunker - LibraryThing
As a reader who loves both speculative fiction and literary fiction, it's a special pleasure for me when I find a writer whose work sits squarely on the boundary between those camps. Maureen F. McHugh ... Read full review