Off Keck Road by Mona Simpson

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In this flawless novella, Mona Simpson turns her powers of observation toward characters who, unlike Ann and Adele August in her bestselling Anywhere but Here, choose to stay rather than go.

As a high school student in Green Bay, Bea Maxwell raised money for good causes; later, she became a successful real estate agent and an accomplished knitter. The one thing missing from her life is a romantic relationship. She soon settles comfortably into the role of stylish spinster and do-gooder. Woven into Bea's story are stories of other lifelong residents of Green Bay and the changes time brings to a town and its residents. This pure and simple work once again proves Mona Simpson one of the defining writers of her generation.

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About Mona Simpson

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Simpson's work has been translated into fourteen languages. She is a recipient of the Whiting Writer's Award, a Guggenheim grant and the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. Since 1988 she has taught at Bard College, where she is now the Sadie Samuelson Levy Professor of Languages and Literature. In 1996 she received a grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation and was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.
Published January 16, 2001 by Vintage. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Bill Alberts offers the women a chance at romance, but one as compromised as Keck Road’s “progress”: he’s an unhappily married philanderer whose one true passion is jazz drumming.

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Simpson spends more than half the book developing Bea and Shelley independently before their lives finally intertwine, in a subtle comment on how little separates one person from another in a close-knit community.

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Entertainment Weekly

After garnering critical praise with complex novels about eccentric moms and absent dads (Anywhere but Here, The Lost Father), Mona Simpson turns to the steadier lives of those who stay close to home in her fourth, and most conventional, book, Off Keck Road.

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Austin Chronicle

Simpson illuminates Bea's inaction as she cuts between Bea's viewpoint, the viewpoint of her mother, and the viewpoints of June Umberhum, Bea's friend, and Shelly, a local girl afflicted with polio.

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