A Wild, Cold State

Debra Monroe (Author)


In the lavishly acclaimed collection of short stories A Wild, Cold State, Flannery O'Connor Award -- winning author Debra Monroe takes us into the lives of women striving for love and emotional fulfillment amidst a forbidding topography of glacial winds and stormY, unpredictable men.

Set in rural Wisconsin, these interwoven tales run a gamut of moods and textures, ranging from the warmly nostalgic "The World's Great Love Novels, " in which the young narrator observes the extreme compromises adults make in the name of love, to the hard-edged and gritty "Crossroads Cafe, " in which a waitress searches for tenderness, though nothing in her life so far suggests that tenderness is available.

Rendered in a spare and poetic style and marked by a nuanced grasp of relationships and the vagaries of desire, the stories in A Wild, Cold State offer a familiar and resonant portrayal of the complexities of everyday life and the fundamental human need for connection.

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
February 15, 1996
7.76 X 0.71 X 5.2 inches | 0.67 pounds
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About the Author

DEBRA MONROE is the author The Source of Trouble, which won the 1989 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of the story collection A Wild, Cold State; two novels, Newfangled and Shambles; and two memoirs, On the Outskirts of Normal and My Unsentimental Education. She is a "fierce" writer who presents "ever-hopeful lost souls with engaging humor and sympathy" (Kirkus Reviews), in prose that's "rangy, thoughtful, ambitious, and widely, wildly knowledgeable" (Washington Post), always "fine and funky, marbled with warmth and confusion, but not a hint of sentimentality" (Boston Globe). She lives in Austin, Texas, and teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.