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The First Paper Girl in Red Oak, Iowa Hardcover – 20 Jun 2000

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  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385498934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385498937
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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he curious world of Elizabeth Stuckey-French.  Her exuberant collection is peopled with characters who walk a thin line between reality and delusion, trying to break out of their molds and live a little. With stylish, wry writing, Stuckey-French creates intelligent, poignant, funny fiction.<br><br>Her characters--mostly Midwesterners trying to make sense of a changing world--are bizarre but strangely lovable.  They may lie to make their situations better, but the stories have a resounding emotional truth.<br><br>In "Junior," we meet a dog psychic who enlists her troubled niece in a moneymaking scheme.  In "Electric Wizard," grieving parents beg a teacher to invent poetry and pretend their dead son wrote it.  And in the title story, the mother of two young children drives east on a disordered impulse through a blizzard and picks up a gas station attendant along the way.  Several of these stories have appeared in <i>The

About the Author

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Elizabeth Stuckey-French has been awarded a James Michener Fellowship, and her stories have appeared in <i>The Atlantic Monthly, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review,</i> and other literary magazines.  She teaches fiction writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

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