Patchwork: A Bobbie Ann Mason Reader

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About the Author

Bobbie Ann Mason is best known for Shiloh and Other Stories and the novels In Country and The Girl in the Blue Béret. Her many awards include the PEN/Hemingway Award; the Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Southern Book Critics Circle Award; and the Kentucky Book Award. Her memoir, Clear Springs, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


"Bobbie Ann Mason is one of those rare writers who, by concentrating their attention on a few square miles of native turf, are able to open up new and surprisingly wide worlds for the delighted reader." -- New York Review of Books, reviewing Shiloh and Other Stories

"Synopsis cannot begin to do justice to the complexity, drama, and ultimate benevolence of Mason's vision." -- Chicago Tribune, reviewing Feather Crowns

"A sturdy introduction to the multifaceted work of Kentucky laureate Mason. Whether story or novel, essay or review, Mason's work is characterized by closely realized detail, sympathy with the players involved, and, usually, sharp but good-natured humor. Admirable in its broad sweep of Mason's estimable career as a writer and likely as good a gathering as there could be -- if, for a fan, too short." -- Kirkus Reviews

"All together, Patchwork serves to showcase Mason's broad range and extraordinary talent as a writer." -- Kentucky Living

"Her writing holds up brilliantly over time -- clear, precise and emotionally true." -- Star Tribune

"The Lake District of England had Wordsworth. Concord, Massachusetts, had Thoreau. Western Kentucky has Bobbie Ann Mason, whose writing immortalizes the lovely, grim, and mundane ways of life in her native region. The proof is in Patchwork, which brings together short stories, novel excerpts, nonfiction, and interviews from the past thirty-five years. It's an exhilarating trip through Mason's career." -- Chapter 16

"From the vivid front cover through a closing group of interviews, Patchwork offers new ways of looking at forty years of fiction and nonfiction by the award-winning Kentucky author." -- The Southern Register