Female Trouble

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Female Trouble


By Antonya Nelson

Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780743218726, 256pp.

Publication Date: April 8, 2003

"Female Trouble" features thirteen wise, funny, and startlingly perceptive stories about the vagaries and revelations of womanhood. Named by "The New Yorker" as one of the twenty best writers of her generation, Antonya Nelson explores the broad notion of family from myriad angles in "Female Trouble." Set in the vividly rendered Midwest, these moving stories are dark and honest portraits of people in moral quandaries, gray areas, unclear circumstances -- from the three-timing thirty-year-old man of the title story to the divorced mother of a turbulent teen in "Incognito" to the sexually adventurous daughter of an adulterous mother in "Stitches." With "Female Trouble, " Nelson has created a cast of memorable characters who reveal us to ourselves with disturbing clarity and conscience.

About the Author
Antonya Nelson is the author of three short story collections, The Expendables, which received the Flannery O'Connor Award for short fiction, In the Land of Men, and Family Terrorists . She has won numerous awards and grants, including the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, three PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, and the Mademoiselle Short Fiction Prize. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Mademoiselle, and Redbook as well as various literary magazines. She lives in New Mexico and Colorado with her husband, the writer Robert Boswell, and their two children.

Praise For Female Trouble

Dave Eggers
San Francisco Chronicle

Any lover of realistic narrative fiction about actual and unglamorous people will be greatly rewarded by the work of Antonya Nelson.

Lynna Williams
Chicago Tribune

These are precise and acutely knowing stories, written by a woman who
understands the potential of both female trouble and the short story form.

Frederick Busch,
The New York Times Book Review

These are serious stories, sensual and dark, with much at risk for the reader and, one imagines, the writer...Female Trouble is the work of a strong writer who sees both panoramically and with a powerfully close focus.

Carmela Ciuraru

Precise, perceptive, and exceedingly funny.