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"If "On the Outskirts of Normal" were a country song, Lucinda Williams would sing it.""The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
In a small town where mothers with careers are rare, let alone a white mother who's adopted a black baby, Debra Monroe confronts her past in order to make a life for her daughter, and rebuilds a half-ruined cabin and her sense of what makes a family.
Debra Monroe is the author of four books of fiction. She teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.
About the Author
Debra Monroe is the author of four books of fiction, and one memoir. Her first book, "The Source of Trouble, " published in 1990, won the prestigious Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction, and was acclaimed as a "fierce debut" that presents "ever-hopeful lost souls with engaging humor and sympathy" "(Kirkus Reviews)." Her second book of stories, "A Wild, Cold State, " published in 1995, was described by "The Boston Globe" as "fine and funky, marbled with warmth and romantic confusion, but not a hint of sentimentality." When her first novel, "Newfangled, " was published in 1998, the "Washington Post" called it "rangy, thoughtful, ambitious, and widely, wildly knowledgeable, teasing out the tension between pop culture and private life." Her second novel, "Shambles, " originally published in 2004 by SMU Press, was praised by the "Texas Observer" for "the depth as well as the heartbreaking particularity of the hellholes real and imagined that make "Shambles" a novel of graceful ease and substance." "On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family Against the Grain, " was originally published by SMU Press in June 2010, to national acclaim."