Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters

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Friday, November 6, 2015 - 6:00pm
Bonnie Jo Campbell author of Mothers Tell Your Daughters

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s searing new collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories offers powerful insights into unforgettable heroines who are determined to shape their own futures with—or despite—the men in their lives. With writing that is muscular and suspenseful, Campbell’s work has been likened to Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver, sharing with these writers a focus on the American working-class. The characters in this collection are enthralling and multifaceted—precocious girls coming to terms with a cold and dispassionate world, mothers fighting tooth and nail to provide for their children, wives scarred by abuse who find strength to break free. Though their lives are marked by trauma, Campbell infuses her protagonists with strength and agency so their stories, despite their circumstances, are never simple or predictable.

The rural America that Bonnie Jo Campbell portrays is no calm countryside—it’s gritty and stark. Trust doesn’t come naturally, and neither does tenderness. Campbell’s writing simmers with suspense—her characters, full of life and energy. The relationships of mothers and their daughters are complex and messy, heartbreaking and durable. These women search for love, chase their dreams and follies, reach the end of their ropes, or just try to survive in an inhospitable world. Familial relationships in this collection strangle and support, they are sources of trauma and solace as these characters struggle to be good mothers, good sisters, good daughters, good wives, and simply do the right thing.

There are four never-before-published stories in this collection of 16 stories, in addition to those that have previously appeared in Tin House, The Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Review, Story Magazine, and One Story, among other publications. Campbell is the author of Q Road, Once Upon a River, and American Salvage, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bonnie Jo Campbell lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and teaches at the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. Her stories have appeared in the Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, and the Alaska Review. She has won the AWP award for short fiction, a Pushcart Prize, the Eudora Welty Prize (2009), and she was named a Barnes & Noble Great New Writer.

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ISBN: 9780393248456
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2015