Wild, Cold State

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Simon & Schuster, Feb 15, 1996 - Fiction - 272 pages
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In the lavishly acclaimed collection of short stories A Wild, Cold State, Flannery O'Connor Award -- winning author Debra Monroe takes us into the lives of women striving for love and emotional fulfillment amidst a forbidding topography of glacial winds and stormY, unpredictable men.

Set in rural Wisconsin, these interwoven tales run a gamut of moods and textures, ranging from the warmly nostalgic "The World's Great Love Novels, " in which the young narrator observes the extreme compromises adults make in the name of love, to the hard-edged and gritty "Crossroads Cafe, " in which a waitress searches for tenderness, though nothing in her life so far suggests that tenderness is available.

Rendered in a spare and poetic style and marked by a nuanced grasp of relationships and the vagaries of desire, the stories in A Wild, Cold State offer a familiar and resonant portrayal of the complexities of everyday life and the fundamental human need for connection.

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These short stories, interwoven with a common cast of characters and set against the backdrop of west central Wisconsin, trace the emotional maturation of several women from adolescence to ... Read full review

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The Worlds Great Love Novels
Crossroads Cafe
The Plow Got Through Too Bad

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Debra Monroe teaches in the MFA program at Southwest Texas State.

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