Necessary Fictions

Overview

Selected as the 1998 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Award winner. 
Winner of the Midland Society of Authors Award for Adult Fiction 1999

Storytelling and art are major themes of this collection. The stories center on the need for expression, the pain of failing in artistic expression, and the ways in which we construct imaginative representations of our lives, the "necessary fictions" that allow us to live.  At the heart of the book is a...

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Overview

Selected as the 1998 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Award winner. 
Winner of the Midland Society of Authors Award for Adult Fiction 1999

Storytelling and art are major themes of this collection. The stories center on the need for expression, the pain of failing in artistic expression, and the ways in which we construct imaginative representations of our lives, the "necessary fictions" that allow us to live.  At the heart of the book is a series of three interconnected stories and a novella concerning Raymond Gerhardt and his family. Ray is a carpenter, a World War II veteran, obsessed with building the perfect home for his family. When he dies, a possible suicide, his wife and children are left to sort out the meaning of his life and their own.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Croft’s ear for dialogue is keen and accurate, her descriptions painterly, her characterizations spare and on the mark. This work shows more of the quiet but accomplished craftsmanship already demonstrated in Croft’s previous collection.”

Publishers Weekly

“The six stories that open the collection are nuggets of writerly precision. . . . Croft is a formidable talent.”

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“Croft's minimalist, but no less linguistically rich, style fosters a provocative air of suggestion that allows readers to put themselves—and their selective experiences—into her malleable, life-affirming stories.”

—Pioneer Press

Necessary Fictions has a thematic resonance that echoes long after the reading. These stories of guilt, bitterness, loss, connectedness are, individually, and in total, magnificent.”

—Bharati Mukherjee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822962465
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Series: Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Croft edits Writer to Writer, a literary journal that focuses on the craft of writing. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Women’s Review of Books, the Georgia Review, Colorado Quarterly, and other literary journals. She is the author of Primary Colors and Other Stories, which won the Minnesota Voices Project literary competition.

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