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Goodnight, Beautiful Women

a powerful collection of short stories about the women of a small town in Maine

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Anna Noyes has produced a powerful, mesmerizing debut collection of loosely interconnected short stories. Assured and atmospheric and imbued with the luminous beauty of the Maine coastline, these stories are bold, unflinching and utterly compelling. Ordinary lives are held under the microscope, making them vivid, extraordinary - steeped with promise yet mired by threat, driven mad with longing, muted by heartache and loss, trapped in the evanescence of memory. With breathtaking control and a rhythmic, lucid prose that is distinctly her own, Goodnight Beautiful Women marks Anna Noyes as an exhilarating new talent.

From Publishers Weekly

18 April 2016 – In her debut collection of 11 stories, Noyes describes the lives of New England women in silky, lucid prose. In "This Is Who She Was," a woman goes on vacation with her new boyfriend's family, only to discover that the boyfriend's mother is dying; in "Changeling," a woman follows a stranger off the bus because the stranger looks like her estranged mother. In two different stories ("Glow Baby" and the title story), a young girl reluctantly gets into a car as her mother attempts to leave a partner. A woman copes with the suicide of her father in "Treelaw"; in "Hibernation," a woman copes with the suicide of her husband. By the third story it becomes difficult to distinguish one voice from another, and certain repeated moments (chain restaurants, wounded vacationing girls, and, most commonly, variations of the same kind yet useless male character) begin to seem less like motifs and more like crutches. Still, Noyes has a fluid, raw, and strikingly original manner with both language and emotion, and much of the writing in this collection is tender and innovative.
Goodnight, Beautiful Women
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  • Category: Short Stories
  • Published: 02 June 2016
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Print Length: 221 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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