First, Body (Paperback)


By Melanie Rae Thon

Holt Paperbacks, 9780805055405, 176pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1998

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Winner of the 1997 Whiting Writers' Award
One of Granta's "Best Young American Novelists"

About the Author

Melanie Rae Thon is the author of Iona Moon, Meteors in August, and Girls in the Grass. Her short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Paris Review, Story, and Granta. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches at Ohio State University.

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