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Mona Simpson

Author of Anywhere but Here

11+ Works 2,075 Members 41 Reviews 4 Favorited

About the Author

Mona Simpson lives in Santa Monica and New York City. (Publisher Provided) Mona Simpson was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin on June 14, 1957. She received a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her first book, Anywhere but Here, was show more published in 1987 and was adapted into a movie in 1999. Her other works include The Lost Father, A Regular Guy, and My Hollywood. She won the Heartland Prize of the Chicago Tribune for Off Keck Road. She has also received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Mona Simpson

Anywhere but Here (1986) 909 copies
The Lost Father (1992) 271 copies
My Hollywood (2010) 228 copies
Casebook (2014) 222 copies
Off Keck Road (2000) 191 copies
A Regular Guy (1996) 182 copies
Commitment (2023) 64 copies
Steps - short story (2017) 2 copies
Prati 1 copy
Alle andre steder (1989) 1 copy

Associated Works

A Room with a View (1908) — Introduction, some editions — 11,077 copies
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Contributor — 477 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 467 copies
100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (2015) — Contributor — 278 copies
Granta 54: Best of Young American Novelists (1996) — Contributor — 236 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 198 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019) — Contributor — 175 copies
Granta 37: The Family (1991) — Contributor — 155 copies
Granta 24: Inside Intelligence (1988) — Contributor — 151 copies
Prize Stories 2001: The O. Henry Awards (2001) — Prize Jury — 123 copies
Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing by Women (1988) — Contributor — 115 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1986 (1986) — Contributor — 97 copies
20 Under 30 (1986) — Contributor — 91 copies
The Granta Book of the Family (1995) — Contributor — 88 copies
McSweeney's Issue 47 (2014) — Contributor — 53 copies
Child of Mine: Original Essays on Becoming a Mother (1997) — Contributor — 53 copies
Sister to Sister (1995) — Contributor — 33 copies
Bomb 20, Summer 1987 — interview — 1 copy

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Commitment, in all of its meanings, is the perfect title for this work. Through love and commitment, a family survives and reforms. Simpsons embodies the axiom, show don't tell, in this novel. The character development and sense of place are beautifully drawn as is the time span in which the novel takes place. I loved this book and came to love and respect all the characters.
 
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ccayne | 3 other reviews | Dec 14, 2023 |
compelling story of escape, avoidance, family and much more
 
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betty_s | 10 other reviews | Nov 27, 2023 |
I loved [b:Anywhere But Here|96861|Anywhere But Here|Mona Simpson|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1171355148s/96861.jpg|93362]. This one sounds just as good.
 
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lschiff | 7 other reviews | Sep 24, 2023 |
Thank you to #NetGalley.

I've been waiting since 2014 for a new book by Mona Simpson. It was worth the wait. I really enjoyed this book though was sad, and depressing book at times. As Walter, Lina and Donnie's mother Diane goes into a depression and is hospitalized in a mental institution, Walter is in college at the time and Lina and Donnie are in high school. Thank goodness for Julie, Diane's best friend who takes care of Lina and Donnie since Walter was in college.

Sometimes it mentioned the future (this was in the 1970s, so the 80s were mentioned) of the kids lives but not specifically but sort of got an idea where it was going but not a spoiler though.… (more)
 
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