Lynne Barrett, Magpies

"It is entirely impossible to predict what you're going to get when you start a Lynne Barrett story: a taut tale of adultery and murder, a wry evocation of romance amid the bubble, a gossip columnist who spits toads. What you do know is that you'll keep reading—for the vibrant prose, the keen insights, and the remarkable depth of feeling. Magpies is a stone cold triumph."
Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

"Lynne Barrett belongs in the top tier of short-story writers in America today. Her unforgettable characters, poker-face wit, and sly plots make for an intensely enjoyable experience. The title story should be snapped up by anthologies. Barrett's male characters are every bit as believable as her female characters, and the breadth of detail is both natural and mind-expanding. You want to read her work: it's hilarious-funny and sophisticated-funny and moving-funny, and withal shines a clarity that comes from the subtle beauty of her sentences."
Kelly Cherry, author of The Woman Who

Lynne Barrett is the author of three story collections, The Secret Names of Women, The Land of Go, and Magpies She co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion and The James M. Cain Cookbook. She has received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery story from the Mystery Writers of America and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has appeared in Delta Blues, One Year to a Writing Life, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Night Train, The Southern Women’s Review, and many other anthologies and journals. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and received her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She teaches in the M.F.A. program at Florida International University, as well as at many writers’ conferences including Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace conference in Boston.

Event date: 

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Shopping Center
25 White Street
02140 Cambridge
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ISBN: 9780887485435
Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - September 1st, 2011