And Venus Is Blue

And Venus Is Blue

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Although Hood is considered a qSouthernq writer, her sensibilities are universal. In this impressive collection of short fiction, she uses simple phrases to capture a character perfectly; at the same time, she knows when to unleash her controlled prose, freeing it for poetic evocations of landscapes or moments. Above all, she tells good stories. qAfter Mooreq traces the dissolution of a marriage as told to a marriage counselor by all the family members. Hood manages to be both funny and perceptive as she adopts the voice of each character in turn. The title piece is an ambitious novella in which Hood's experiments with time do not quite work, but she deftly renders a family's complex relationships and at the same time creates the ambience of a mill-town community. Hood, who won the 1984 Flannery O'Connor Award for her first book of stories, How Far She Went, is a talented writer with a distinctive, memorable voice.aquot;I learned how to fix appliances, aquot; Rhonda said. She said, aquot;I took remedial English my first course in night school. After that I picked small appliance repair and automotive. I didna#39;t tell Moore. I said I was flunking history. History couldna#39;t teach meanbsp;...

Title:And Venus Is Blue
Author: Mary Hood
Publisher:University of Georgia Press - 2001-04-01

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