First, Body (Paperback)
Holt Paperbacks, 9780805055405, 176pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 1998
Winner of the 1997 Whiting Writers' Award
One of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists"
About the Author
Praise For First, Body: Stories…
"This is Ms. Thon at her most vivid: the dark, urgent lyricism, the insistent physicality."--The New York Times Book Review
"These stories come from . . . the borderlands, the margins of our affluent culture. They are populated primarily by young people . . . whose bodies, minds, and spirits are being used up by themselves and by others for the briefest and often most heartbreakingly meager pleasures: a dance with a stranger; breaking into a house and eating pecan pie; a bowl of cherries. . . . The characters give themselves up early and for every reason--money, fear, to please others--but never for love or even for their own pleasure. Human bodies here are really never whole, flesh and soul: they are parts, pieces of lives that don't get to be lived. . . . First, Body leaves me completely in awe."--Christopher Tilghman, Ploughshares
"Melanie Rae Thon proves that she can make the grimmest subjects seem beautiful by the sheer pyrotechnics of her prose."--San Francisco Chronicle