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Mothers & Other Monsters: Stories (2005)

by Maureen F. McHugh

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Insightful, beautifully written debut collection.
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Step-parenting sucks
woops, you lost your memory
your friend is a dog. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
I've wondered if the McHughs characters seem so real because they're often so depressed. This was a free electronic book that I read on a touch. Many of the stories were meditations on motherhood or caretaking, one was a precursor to Nekropolis. It wasn't all her best stuff, but an interesting collection. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
Interesting collection. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Jun 3, 2018 |
"Wonderfully unpredictable stories, from the very funny to the very grim, by one of our best and bravest imaginative writers."
—Ursula K. Le Guin ( )
  ConsortiumLibrary | Feb 20, 2017 |
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For Evelyn Lickliter McHugh, if she only knew.
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Maureen F. McHugh is the author of four acclaimed novels. Her genre-expanding short fiction has won the Hugo and Locus Awards and has frequently been included in Best of the Year anthologies. Since 1988 she has attracted a broad readership in publications such as Asimov's, Scifiction, Starlight, The Year's Best Science Fiction, and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.

Now, in her luminous, long-awaited debut collection, award-winning novelist Maureen F. McHugh wryly and delicately examines the impacts of social and technological shifts on families. Using beautiful, deceptively simple prose, she illuminates the relationship between parents and children and the expected and unexpected chasms that open between generations.

- A woman introduces her new lover to her late brother.
- A teenager is interviewed about her peer group's attitudes toward sex and baby boomers.

- A missing stepson sets a marriage on edge.
- Anthropologists visiting an isolated outpost mission are threatened by nomadic raiders.

McHugh's characters -- her Alzheimers-afflicted parents or her smart and rebellious teenagers -- are always recognizable: stubborn, human, and heartbreakingly real.
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2 editions of this book were published by Small Beer Press.

Editions: 1931520135, 1931520194

 

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