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AWP Award Series in the Novel

MOTHERLUNGE is an eloquent and irreverent debut novel about first sex, true love, chronic sibling rivalry; it’s about the deepest fear of young (and not-so-young) adulthood: the fear of inheriting a disappointing life. It's motherly advice, too—featuring wigs, dogs, road trips, and medicine—a guide to the essential experiences of being female, "born unto a librarian, named for the goddess of sight,” waiting for the future to arrive. With sly wit and surprising joy, MOTHERLUNGE considers the flaws in the family line and celebrates the promise that staggers alongside.

"Impressive...Scott, winner of the AWP Prize in the Novel, renders wonderfully offbeat characters in crisp, polished prose." —Booklist (starred review)

"Funny and smart…in Thea and those around her Scott has created characters we believe in and wish well, characters who feel real—strange and sad and happy, like real people are." —Publishers Weekly (starred review, “Pick of the Week”)

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 03, 2012 – According to writer Don Lee, who selected Scott as the winner of the 2011 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Prize, her book explores the legacy of motherhood and the afflictions that may cycle through generations. That s true as far as it goes, but Lee s a far better judge than blurber: Scott s debut is about likable, uncertain Thea and her beautiful sister, Pavia, about having and not having a child and having and not having a mother. It s about making decisions and not making decisions and the way these, plus luck, good and bad, become your life. And it s about pleasure ours, as we listen to Thea tell her unborn daughter about sex and love and sorrow, and what happened when she left her small Montana town to go to the big city and help out the pregnant Pavia. Finally, as we come to understand, it s about the decision, as Thea puts it, to not not know. Funny and smart, and told in the first person, this is the kind of debut novel that s often assumed to be autobiographical. Whether it is or isn t, in Thea and those around her Scott has created characters we believe in and wish well, characters who feel real strange and sad and happy, like real people are.
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jan 08, 2013
  • Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose
  • Seller: Lulu Enterprises, Inc.
  • Print Length: 253 Pages
  • Language: English
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