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Bobbie Ann Mason burst onto the American literary scene during a renaissance of short fiction that Raymond Carver called a "literary phenomenon." Anne Tyler hailed Mason as "a full-fledged master of the short story." Mason's work, charged with a spirit of exploration, garnered both popular and critical acclaim.

This reader collects outstanding examples of Mason's award-winning work from throughout her writing career and provides a unique look at the development of one of the country's finest writers. Patchwork contains short stories first published in the New Yorker and other leading periodicals; chapters from Mason's acclaimed novels, including In Country, An Atomic Romance, and The Girl in the Blue Beret; and riveting excerpts from Mason's eclectic nonfiction. Some examples of Mason's recent explorations in flash fiction appear here in print for the first time.

Mason's writing glows with a nuanced understanding of the struggles and pathos of American life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. George Saunders writes in his introduction, "Bobbie Ann Mason is a strange and beautiful writer.... Her stories exist to gently touch on, and praise, even mourn, what it feels like to be alive in this moment." Patchwork conveys Mason's extraordinary talent and range as a writer.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Advance Praise, Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. Jonathan Allison
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. George Saunders
  3. pp. xiii-xx
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  1. A Note to the Reader about This Reader
  2. Bobbie Ann Mason
  3. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. I. First Stories
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Offerings
  2. pp. 28-34
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  1. Shiloh
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. Third Monday
  2. pp. 49-63
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  1. II. War
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. from In Country (1985)
  2. pp. 66-84
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  1. An Appreciation of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. Big Bertha Stories
  2. pp. 87-101
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  1. III. Love Lives
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. Love Life
  2. pp. 104-119
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  1. Coyotes
  2. pp. 120-136
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  1. Bumblebees
  2. pp. 137-151
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  1. IV. Beginnings
  2. pp. 152-153
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  1. from The Girl Sleuth (1975)
  2. pp. 154-155
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  1. Reaching the Stars: My Life as a Fifties Groupie
  2. pp. 156-169
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  1. Reading Between the Lines
  2. pp. 170-174
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  1. from Elvis Presley (2003)
  2. pp. 175-177
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  1. V. Family History
  2. pp. 178-179
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  1. The Family Farm, from Clear Springs
  2. pp. 180-192
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  1. The Pond, from Clear Springs
  2. pp. 193-203
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  1. VI. Nancy Culpepper
  2. pp. 204-205
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  1. Nancy Culpepper
  2. pp. 206-220
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  1. The Prelude
  2. pp. 221-239
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  1. VII. More Love Lives
  2. pp. 240-241
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  1. Memphis
  2. pp. 242-257
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  1. Midnight Magic
  2. pp. 258-270
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  1. Wish
  2. pp. 271-279
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  1. VIII. Whimsy
  2. pp. 280-281
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  1. La Bamba Hot Line
  2. pp. 282-284
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  1. Sheep Down Under
  2. pp. 285-288
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  1. Hot Colors
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. Sanctuary
  2. pp. 291-293
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  1. All Shook Up
  2. pp. 294-295
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  1. Hear My Song
  2. pp. 296-298
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  1. Terms of Office
  2. pp. 299-301
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  1. IX. Fiction and History
  2. pp. 302-303
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  1. from Feather Crowns (1993)
  2. pp. 304-317
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  1. X. Literary Meanderings
  2. pp. 318-319
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  1. The Universe of Ada
  2. pp. 320-322
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  1. Introduction to Mark Twain’s The American Claimant, 2004 edition
  2. pp. 323-335
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  1. XI. Atomic Fact and Fiction
  2. pp. 336-337
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  1. Fallout
  2. pp. 338-351
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  1. from An Atomic Romance (2005)
  2. pp. 352-365
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  1. XII. Zigzagging
  2. pp. 366-367
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  1. With Jazz
  2. pp. 368-380
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  1. Charger
  2. pp. 381-397
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  1. XIII. Another War
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  1. from The Girl in the Blue Beret (2011)
  2. pp. 400-412
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  1. The Real Girl in the Blue Beret
  2. pp. 413-419
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  1. XIV. Zanies
  2. pp. 420-421
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  1. Whale Love
  2. Bobbie Ann Mason, Meg Pokrass
  3. pp. 422-426
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  1. Talking through Hats
  2. Bobbie Ann Mason, Meg Pokrass
  3. pp. 427-431
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  1. XV. Dancing
  2. pp. 432-433
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  1. Quinceañera
  2. pp. 434-439
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  1. The Horsehair Ball Gown
  2. pp. 440-451
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  1. XVI. Flash Fiction
  2. pp. 452-453
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  1. Corn-Dog
  2. p. 454
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  1. The Canyon Where the Coyotes Live
  2. pp. 455-456
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  1. Car Wash
  2. pp. 457-458
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  1. Cumberbatch
  2. pp. 459-460
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  1. The Girl in Purple
  2. pp. 461-462
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  1. The State Pen
  2. pp. 463-464
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  1. Falling
  2. pp. 465-467
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  1. XVII. The Hot Seat: Interviews
  2. pp. 468-469
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  1. BOMB Magazine, 1989
  2. Craig Gholson
  3. pp. 470-481
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  1. Missouri Review, 1997
  2. Jo Sapp, Evelyn Somers
  3. pp. 482-496
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  1. Transatlantica, 2015
  2. Candela Delgado Marin
  3. pp. 497-506
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  1. 2paragraphs.com
  2. Joseph Mackin
  3. p. 507
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  1. Copyrights and Permissions
  2. pp. 508-511
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 512-513
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813175492
Print ISBN
9780813175454
MARC Record
OCLC
1031214595
Pages
512
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-18
Language
English
Open Access
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