Her Kind of Want by Jennifer S. Davis
(Iowa Short Fiction Award)

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Set mainly in the small towns of Alabama, the stories in Her Kind of Want ache with the relentless longing of the poor, struggling, usually discarded southern women who tell us their lives—lives that seem to revolve around men whose only presence is their absence.

Bebe, Luna, Melly, Little Hula, Dena. These are just a few of the women we meet in Jennifer Davis's award-winning collection. Women who married too fast, had children too young, and drink too much. Yet beneath their unpolished exteriors, these women are flesh and blood, and their wants and needs are as severe and deep as any.

Davis's characters relate their stories in voices as complex and raw as their southern environment. Each tale may sound slightly familiar—an unwanted pregnancy, a fast car flying down a country road—but Davis moves beyond the familiar stories of the rural South to expose the gaps that connect these women, creating startlingly real and vibrant characters.

Although often bleak and sometimes disturbing, Her Kind of Want is a celebration of southern people, their perseverance, their spirit, and their determination to make the ugly beautiful.


About Jennifer S. Davis

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Jennifer Davis was born and raised in Alabama, where she grew up exploring the banks of Lake Martin and the Tallapoosa River. In 2001, she received her MFA from the University of Alabama; she now lectures at the University of Miami. Davis's stories have been published in such journals as the Apalachee Review, Greensboro Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Crab Orchard Review.
Published August 21, 2002 by University Of Iowa Press. 152 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Davis displays a vivid imagination in "Tammy, Imagined," a bizarre yet effective story about a woman who tries to meet men by presenting different versions of herself in a series of letters she writes to soldiers, a tactic that proves disastrous when she finally meets one of her correspondents.

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