Elegies for the Brokenhearted by Christie Hodgen
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Yet for all its depth and complexity, it's an easy, captivating read that any casual reader can appreciate.
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“Deeply, satisfyingly original. . . . Elegies is the literary equivalent of a hand grenade.”—Joanna Smith Rakoff, New York Times Book Review


Who are the people you’ll never forget? For Mary Murphy, there are five, eulogized here in an utterly unforgettable voice. Mary tells the story of her own life—her childhood spent trading one home and father figure for another, her efforts to track down her rebellious sister, and her winding search for purpose—through her experiences and encounters with the people who shaped her path. The result is an unconventional and moving story about identity, family, and belonging.
 

About Christie Hodgen

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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.
 
Published July 9, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 280 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Reviewed by Stewart O'Nan on Dec 12 2011

Yet for all its depth and complexity, it's an easy, captivating read that any casual reader can appreciate.

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