Shout Her Lovely Name

Shout Her Lovely Name


By (author) Natalie Serber

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  • Format: Hardback | 226 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 213mm x 28mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 26 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0547634528
  • ISBN 13: 9780547634524
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 841,750

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A "New York Times" 100 "Notable Books" of 2012"Call it fiction, but this collection is achingly true to life when it comes to the many ways mothers and daughters grow together and apart, over and over again." --"O, the Oprah Magazine"Mothers and daughters ride the familial tide of joy, regret, loathing, and love in these stories of resilient and flawed women. In a battle between a teenage daughter and her mother, wheat bread and plain yogurt become weapons. An aimless college student, married to her much older professor, sneaks cigarettes while caring for their newborn son. On the eve of her husband's fiftieth birthday, a pilfered fifth of rum, an unexpected tattoo, and rogue teenagers leave a woman questioning her place. And in a suite of stories, we follow capricious, ambitious single mother Ruby and her cautious, steadfast daughter Nora through their tumultuous life--stray men, stray cats, and psychedelic drugs--in 1970s California. Gimlet-eyed and emotionally generous, achingly real and beautifully written, these unforgettable stories lay bare the connection and conflict in families. "Shout Her Lovely Name" heralds the arrival of a powerful new writer.

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"An impressive debut, with insightful, sometimes painful truths about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters." --"Library Journal""From the very first page, this extraordinary collection of short stories grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go. It is filled with poignant, thought-provoking observations on the delicate yet unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters. Serber has given readers a remarkable, heart-felt book to be savored, shared and passed on from one generation to another." "--Anderson McKean, Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL" "As its title implies, Natalie Serber's collection "Shout Her Lovely Name" is a triumphant battle cry of hard-won victory over the stalemate and injuries between mothers and daughters. She leaves the reader amazed at the tenacity, tenderness, and truth of her characters." --Siobhan Fallon, author of "You Know When the Men are Gone"""Shout Her Lovely Name" joins the ranks of the finest books ever to address relations between daughters and their mothers--equal parts love and sandpaper.I ached for these characters and cried at their hard-earned moments of joy. A book to make you marvel that someone really does understand, to make you grateful that she wrote it all down so fiercely, so tenderly." --Robin Black, author of "If I Loved You I Would Tell You This""Coming of age is a painful and beautiful experience in Natalie Serber's hands. These arefunny and poignant pieces, building a book that feels novelistic in sweep, yet true to the precision and direct aim of the short story. A real pleasure." --Antonya Nelson " In the complexities of family triumphs and catastrophes, Natalie Serber is always achingly specific. Between mothers and daughters, women and their lovers, she misses nothing, and in all her scenes, the reader feels the true breath of life." --Charles Baxter"In the tradition of Lorrie Moore and Tobias Wolff, Natalie Serber's stories uncover the secret hearts of seemingly or