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Shambles: A Novel

Shambles: A Novel

  • Title: Shambles: A Novel
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  • ISBN : 9780870744860
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 216 pages


Eking out a living as a social worker in Port Town, Texas, Delia Arco works with teenagers as outcast as she was, as well as a student intern convinced that Delia was sent to replace her murdered parents In this landscape dominated by rumors and refinery smoke, Delia negotiates uneasy, romantic liaisons with men who can t fathom her obsessive independence and struggles to Eking out a living as a social worker in Port Town, Texas, Delia Arco works with teenagers as outcast as she was, as well as a student intern convinced that Delia was sent to replace her murdered parents In this landscape dominated by rumors and refinery smoke, Delia negotiates uneasy, romantic liaisons with men who can t fathom her obsessive independence and struggles to understand her long lost mother s seedy life and puzzling death Having been abandoned by her mother, Delia anguishes over raising her adopted daughter, Esme Delia s frantic love for her child terrifies and sustains her as she cobbles a new family from the ruins of the past


Author Debra Monroe

From Author s Website Debra Monroe is the author of four books of fiction, and two memoirs.Her first book, The Source of Trouble, published in 1990, won the prestigious Flannery O Connor Award, and was acclaimed as a fierce debut that presents ever hopeful lost souls with engaging humor and sympathy Kirkus Reviews Her second book of stories, A Wild, Cold State, publi




Shambles: A Novel Reviews (5)

  • Delia Arco s life may appear out of control, if not a shambles, but author Debra Monroe employs vivid, precisely controlled language in her portrait of Delia s on the edge life as a social worker in ramshackle Port Town, Texas This is a book of compelling characters and the vagaries of lower middle [..]

  • A wonderful book by one of my favorite writers Its narrator, Delia Arco, is living a harried life, and Monroe adjusts her narration accordingly, with lots of interrupted scenes, narrative asides, characters entering and exiting, until the end, when everything crashes and we get a well earned epiphan [..]

  • I loved Delia and Dannie and all the characters and the world so so much Think some of the asides of Delia s inner voice were overdone, and also think the ending gave away too much Lovely, quick, frantic in some places read.There is some overlap between this and her memoir when it comes to the child [..]

  • Two weeks away and still not sleeping properly, I hold Debra Monroe s newest for a clear headed day so I can read it in one sitting I expect the same rush as I have experienced for her other fictions Oh, boy [..]

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