Elegies for the Brokenhearted

Christie Hodgen (Author)

Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
July 18, 2011
5.52 X 0.7 X 8.23 inches | 0.53 pounds
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About the Author

Christie Hodgen is the author of Elegies for the Brokenhearted; Hello, I Must Be Going; and A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw. She has won the AWP Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she lives.


The protagonist is a nobody that everybody will root for.--Colleen Hodgetts
Knocked my socks off. It's a first-person novel told in second-person looks back at five significant people she's lost: a life told in deaths. Hodgen's writing spins out dependent clauses like carefully controlled ripples of language.--Caroline Stanley
Deep, dark, and beautiful, Christie Hodgen's story of a fabulously flawed family reads like a quintessentially American tale.... The generational cast of quirky, yet completely believable characters, the heartbreak and redemption as time unfolds, and Hodgen's biting humor and exquisite writing all add up to a tremendous novel. Book clubs: put this one on your lists.--Lolly Winston, author of Happiness Sold Separately
This stellar novel shows us once again that Christie Hodgen is hilarious, hugely talented, and full of luminous passion. In inspired prose, she tells the stories of those who have strung themselves around the heart of Mary Murphy, that undefeated heroine who cannot stop speaking to her loved ones, long after they've left.--Deb Olin Unferth, author of Vacation
Gorgeous prose...Hodgen builds a stunning melancholic portrait of damaged Mary Murphy in five elegies for people whose tawdry lives have shaped her own.
[An] absorbing novel...Hodgen's magnificent, heart-breaking journey with its moving finish is an unforgettable novel, a must-read.
This book has heart...Christie Hodgen's prose embodies the paradox of really fine fiction, which travels to the universal through the particular.--Jeffrey Ann Goudie
Elegies for the Brokenhearted is brilliant, gorgeous, illuminated writing. Hodgen writes like a Christian mystic who has God speaking through her mingled with her own wild, lyrical mix of popular culture and high art. What a voice!--Clancy Martin, author of How to Sell