In This Light by Melanie Rae Thon
New and Selected Stories

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A vibrant selection of stories from the author of Sweet Hearts and First, Body

This selection of Melanie Rae Thon’s stories showcases her breathtaking ability to become each one of her characters, to move inside the bodies and minds of the dispossessed. One woman speaks for them all: “I’m your worst fear. But not the worst thing that can happen.”

In This Light shimmers with grace as a drunk young woman hits a Native American man on a desolate Montana road, a grieving slave murders the white child she nurses and loves, and two throwaway kids dance in the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree in a stranger’s house. Thon’s searing prose reveals that the radiant heat inside us all is the hope and hunger for love.
 

About Melanie Rae Thon

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Melanie Rae Thon is the author of the novels "Meteors in AugMelanie Rae Thon is the author of the novels "Meteors in August" and "Iona Moon" and the story collections "First, Body"ust" and "Iona Moon" and the story collections "First, Body" and "Girls in the Grass." Her work has appeared in "Paris R and "Girls in the Grass." Her work has appeared in "Paris Review, Story, Granta, " and "Best American Short Stories." Seview, Story, Granta, " and "Best American Short Stories." She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Ahe has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Originally from Mrts and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Originally from Montana, she now divides her time between the Pacific Northweontana, she now divides her time between the Pacific Northwest and Salt Lake City, where she teaches at the University ost and Salt Lake City, where she teaches at the University of Utah. f Utah.
 
Published May 24, 2011 by Graywolf Press. 285 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Boasting three new stories and selections from Girls in the Grass (1991) and First, Body (1997), this overview captures Thon at her tough, unremittingly intense, unflinching best.

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In This Light, Melanie Rae Thon’s collection of beautifully written new and selected stories, is a gift from a very talented writer.

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These luminous stories concern dislocation, loss and redemption.

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Deseret News

Though Thon masterfully describes the body and its role in the story, Thon goes too far and often paints unnecessary and inappropriate images in the reader's mind.

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Bookmarks Magazine

But not the worst thing that can happen.”

In This Light shimmers with grace as a drunk young woman hits a Native American man on a desolate Montana road, a grieving slave murders the white child she nurses and loves, and two throwaway kids dance in the twinkling lights of a Christm...

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