Shambles: a novel

Shambles: a novel

by Debra Monroe

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Overview

"A smart, funny, wry, and winning book."—Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

Delia Arco spends her workdays counseling teenagers as outcast as she was and her nights caring for the baby daughter she loves fiercely. Searching furiously for the mother in herself, she struggles to understand her own mother's seedy life and puzzling disappearance. Then one night her world cracks open.

Debra Monroe is the author of four books of fiction and the memoir On the Outskirts of Normal, which was released to national acclaim in 2010. She teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983547730
Publisher: Engine Books
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 296 KB

About the Author

Debra Monroe is the author of four books of fiction, and one memoir. Her first book, The Source of Trouble, published in 1990, won the prestigious Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction, and was acclaimed as a "fierce debut" that presents "ever-hopeful lost souls with engaging humor and sympathy" (Kirkus Reviews). Her second book of stories, A Wild, Cold State, published in 1995, was described by The Boston Globe as "fine and funky, marbled with warmth and romantic confusion, but not a hint of sentimentality." When her first novel, Newfangled, was published in 1998, the Washington Post called it "rangy, thoughtful, ambitious, and widely, wildly knowledgeable, teasing out the tension between pop culture and private life." Her second novel, Shambles, originally published in 2004 by SMU Press, was praised by the Texas Observer for "the depth as well as the heartbreaking particularity of the hellholes—real and imagined—that make Shambles a novel of graceful ease and substance." On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain, was originally published by SMU Press in June 2010, to national acclaim.

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