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Through the female protagonists in When the Messenger is Hot, Elizabeth Crane examines life, often through slightly off-kilter situations, leading her reader through a series of witty, often close to monologues, and quirky events. In the end her characters experience love and loss in ways that are both uniquely theirs and universal.

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Elizabeth Crane is the author of three collections of short stories: When the Messenger Is Hot, All This Heavenly Glory, and You Must Be This Happy to Enter. Her work has been featured in the Mississippi Review, Chicago Reader, Believer, Other Voices, Bridge, and several anthologies, including McSweeney's The Future Dictionary of America, The Best Underground Fiction, Loser, Altared, and The Show I'll Never Forget. She is a regular contributor to Writer's Block Party on WBEZ Chicago. In 2003 she received the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award. She currently teaches creative writing and lives in Chicago with her husband and their dog.
Published August 13, 2012 by Dzanc Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"You Take Naps" is a similarly short but amusing checklist of romantic red flags drawn up by a 41-year-old woman who begins dating younger men, while "Normal," the tale of a man who begins seeing a woman with a penchant for knives, takes the dating theme into (slightly) scarier terrain.

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Our heroine Josie tells us that her mother (Molly Regan), a salty-mouthed opera singer, has returned from the dead, and with that endpoint revealed, she takes us through the steps leading to Mom's reappearance.

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