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Mattaponi Queen - eBook

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<p><strong>Winner of the 2009 Bakeless Fiction Prize, a confident debut collection from Belle Boggs about life on and around the Mattaponi Indian Reservation</strong></p> <p>Set on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation and in its surrounding counties, the stories in this linked collection detail the lives of rural men and women with stark realism and plainspoken humor. A young military couple faces a future shadowed by injury and untold secrets. A dying alcoholic attempts to reconcile with his estranged children. And an elderly woman's nurse weathers life with her irascible charge by making payments on a decrepit houseboat—the <em>Mattaponi Queen</em>. The land is parceled into lots, work opportunities are few, and the remaining inhabitants must choose between desire and necessity as they navigate the murky stream of possession, love, and everything in between.</p>

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Winner of the 2009 Bakeless Fiction Prize, a confident debut collection from Belle Boggs about life on and around the Mattaponi Indian Reservation

Set on the Mattaponi Indian Reservation and in its surrounding counties, the stories in this linked collection detail the lives of rural men and women with stark realism and plainspoken humor. A young military couple faces a future shadowed by injury and untold secrets. A dying alcoholic attempts to reconcile with his estranged children. And an elderly woman's nurse weathers life with her irascible charge by making payments on a decrepit houseboat—the Mattaponi Queen. The land is parceled into lots, work opportunities are few, and the remaining inhabitants must choose between desire and necessity as they navigate the murky stream of possession, love, and everything in between.

Mattaponi Queen - eBook

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Language
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Publisher
Graywolf Press
Author
Belle Boggs
ISBN-13
9781555970079
ISBN-10
1555970079

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I produce an event that celebrates short stories by Virginia writers. I picked up Mattaponi Queen, hoping to find something I could feature, and I did. Of the twelve stories in the collection, "Jonas," about a middle-aged woman who comes to terms with her husband's desire to have a sex-change operation, is my favorite. It is gentle, lyrical, and has so much heart it almost beats. The other stories are finely wrought, and succeed to varying degrees. While I applaud Bogg's language and the specificity of place,"Deer Season," which opened the collection and acts as a sort of prologue, seemed more of a snapshot than a story. The rest are quietly efficient. They get the job done without fanfare or highjinks, and when done,I felt like I visited a place I enjoyed, but had no compelling reason to return.

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