Don't miss this event with one of our most gifted writers. Once Upon a River is one of bookseller Stef's favorite novels of the last 10 years, and her new short story collection is flawless as well. Join us for her reading, talk, and signing on Sunday, October 16th at 2pm.
Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a keen observer of life and trouble in rural America, and her working-class protagonists can be at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny. The strong but flawed women of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters must negotiate a sexually charged atmosphere as they love, honor, and betray one another against the backdrop of all the men in their world. Such richly fraught mother-daughter relationships can be lifelines, anchors, or they can sink a woman like a stone.
In "My Dog Roscoe," a new bride becomes obsessed with the notion that her dead ex-boyfriend has returned to her in the form of a mongrel. In "Blood Work, 1999," a phlebotomist's desire to give away everything to the needy awakens her own sensuality. In "Home to Die," an abused woman takes revenge on her bedridden husband. In these fearless and darkly funny tales about women and those they love, Campbell's spirited American voice is at its most powerful.
Praise for Bonnie Jo Campbell:
"Bonnie Jo Campbell is the real deal-- a writer whose plainspoken characters I believe from the first word, even as I sometimes want to shout 'Oh God, No!' or even 'Why, Why, Why?!' I know why. I know these women. They are my cousins, nieces, neighbors. Some of them are me. What I don t know is how with such hard stories she invariably leaves me feeling strengthened. There is magic here. Read the stories and see for yourself."
"Bonnie Jo Campbell has some secret hocus-pocus going on here that births us for real real real humanity, yearning, leaping, chuckling, cussing, and embracing, while looking you and me right in the eye."
"American fiction waited a long time for Bonnie Jo Campbell to come along."
--Jaimy Gordon, National Book Award winning author of Lord of Misrule
Bonnie Jo Campbell teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. The author of Once Upon a River and American Salvage, she lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.