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My work can be found in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, Pank, New Delta Review, and Gargoyle #57, among others. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. Currently, I'm an Associate editor for Narrative Magazine. In 2011, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Illuminate

If I had to pin down exactly what made me not want to have to finish Kim Addonizio's Little Beauties I'm not sure I could. It's an unpretentious, unselfconscious work, with a flow that felt natural and characters I couldn't help loving. It's told by three characters: a divorced, obsessive-compulsive who grew up with an alcoholic mother who loved her by taking her to child beauty pageants; a teen mother who's not really sure she wants to be a mother; and the baby, who's just come from the Before and isn't exactly enthralled with the Now. Addonizio's language is precise and lovely and her imagination, generous. If you're looking for a good book this is one to pick up.

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