Elegies for the Brokenhearted

By Christie Hodgen
W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393061406, 271pp.

Publication Date: July 2010

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“In this savvy, spirited, moving, and surprisingly humorous novel, Mary Murphy tells her own story as she paints lively portraits of the people with whom she's crossed paths.”


Description
In five quirky elegies to lost friends and relatives, Mary tells us the story of her life. We begin with a restless childhood spent following her mother between multiple homes and husbands. Then comes the disappearance of Mary's rebellious and beloved sister, Malinda. By the time Mary leaves for college, she has no one to write home to, and we follow along on her difficult search for purpose. From a series of miserable jobs to her reborn mother's deathbed, Mary finds hope in the most surprising places. With a rhythmically unique voice and pitch-perfect wry humor, Christie Hodgen spins an unconventional and moving story about identity, belonging, and family.



About the Author
Christie Hodgen is the author of Elegies for the Brokenhearted; Hello, I Must Be Going; and A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw. She has won the AWP Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she lives.



NPR
Thursday, Jan 12, 2012

Can a book of elegies rise above maudlin morbidity? Author Stewart O'Nan says yes � and he recommends a great one by Christie Hodgen. It's a book that will break your heart, and warm your soul. More at NPR.org

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