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Blue in Chicago: and other stories
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Blue in Chicago: and other stories (Hardback)

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'The work of a woman who has invested her life in her art, and who will, I think be remembered as one of the significant writers of her generation.' Saul Bellow


'Her prose is cooler than a cocktail and sharper than a Japanese knife. It's zippy, witty and sometimes deeply sad: Nora Ephron meets Lorrie Moore, which is about as good as it gets.' Observer


Blue in Chicago collects together the sharp, bittersweet stories of Bette Howland and restores to our bookshelves an extraordinarily gifted writer, who was recognized as a major talent before all but disappearing from public view completely, until nearly the end of her life.


Bette Howland was an outsider: an intellectual from a working-class neighborhood in Chicago; a divorcee and single mother, to the disapproval of her family; an artist chipped away at by poverty and perfection. Each of these sides of her life plays a shaping role in her work. Mining her most precarious struggles for her art in each of these stories, she chronicles the fears and hopes of her generation.


Blue in Chicago, and other stories introduces UK readers to a wry, brilliant observer and a writer of great empathy and sly, joyous humor. Published in the US under the title Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage.


'Profound . . . To read Bette Howland is to be handed a gift you didn't know you needed.' Irenosen Okojie, author of Nudibranch


'Blue In Chicago is a complex and incisive masterpiece but actually every paragraph of Bette Howland's is a complex and incisive masterpiece. A phenomenal writer.' Nicole Flattery, author of Show Them a Good Time



Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 09/07/2020 ISBN-13: 9781529035827  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Bette Howland (1937-2017) was the author of three books: W-3, Blue in Chicago, and Things to Come and Go. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984, after which though she continued writing she would not publish another book. Near the end of her life, her stories found new readers when a portfolio of her work appeared in a special issue of A Public Space magazine exploring a generation of women writers, their lifetimes of work, and questions of anonymity and public attention in art.

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