Mrs. Somebody Somebody: Fiction

Mrs. Somebody Somebody: Fiction

by Tracy Winn
     
 

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In this astonishing debut, Tracy Winn poignantly chronicles the souls who inhabit the troubled mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, playing out their struggles and hopes over the course of the twentieth century. Through a stunning variety of voices, Winn paints a deep and permeating portrait of the town and its people: a young millworker who dreams of marrying rich

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In this astonishing debut, Tracy Winn poignantly chronicles the souls who inhabit the troubled mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, playing out their struggles and hopes over the course of the twentieth century. Through a stunning variety of voices, Winn paints a deep and permeating portrait of the town and its people: a young millworker who dreams of marrying rich and becoming “Mrs. Somebody Somebody”; an undercover union organizer whose privileged past shapes her cause; a Korean War veteran who returns to the wife he never really got to know—and the couple’s overindulged children, who grow up to act out against their parents; a town resident who reflects on a long-lost love and the treasure he keeps close to his heart. Winn’s keen insight into class and human nature, combined with her perfect, nuanced prose, make Mrs. Somebody Somebody truly shine.

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“Deeply satisfying, subtle, intelligent, and beautifully crafted . . . Tracy Winn writes with clarity and keen perception; her stories come together like a mosaic to create a compelling, deeply textured world.”—Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
 
“A rare achievement . . . Winn’s characters struggle with unexpected losses and damaging habits . . . always questioning the hard truths that hold them in place.”—Atlantic Monthly
 
“When characters are brought to life with such vibrant nuance, they continue to live far beyond the page.”—Thisbe Nissen, author of Osprey Island
 
“Fans of literary fiction will savor Winn’s powerful debut.”—People, four stars
 
“Excellent . . . high on the list of must-read story collections.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Publishers Weekly

Winn's excellent debut collection centers on Lowell, Mass., as it evolves from a booming mid-century mill town to its scrappy contemporary incarnation. What remains constant are the characters, who cycle through the stories as they age, etched memorably by Winn, who nails a diverse swath of American life over some 60 years. In the title story, Stella Lewis navigates through often dicey situations at Hub Hosiery, a factory where she makes a close friend and learns the power of union allegiances. In "Blue Tango," lovesick Dr. Charlie Burroughs, a Korean War vet, returns to his wife; in the following story, "Glass Box," Winn portrays the marriage from Charlie's wife's perspective. Later, Winn checks in on the next generation of the Burroughs family, mired in frustration and longing. We also get to know factory workers and families affected by wars-from Korea to Iraq. Though Winn's prose sometimes gets away from her, her firm command of narrative and her ability to evoke emotion puts this high on the list of must-read story collections. (Apr)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812981452
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Tracy Winn earned her MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and has had stories published in New Orleans Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Western Humanities Review, among other venues. She works with Gaining Ground, a local nonprofit farm that gives its produce to local shelters and meal programs. She lives near Boston with her husband and daughter.

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