What She Was Saying

Marjorie Maddox

Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA) and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published eleven collections of poetry, four children’s books, and over 500 stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies. Co-editor with Jerry Wemple of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, she is the great grandniece of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson.


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Praise for What She Was Saying
“From the ingenious title to the last story, What She Was Saying is a study of the gap between the covert and the overt. Alienation, isolation, desperation are here writ both small and large; their echo is a humanistic plea for inclusiveness, community, friendship, and simple love and kindness, one to another. Wonderfully crafted, honest, and bold, Marjorie Maddox's work always brings her readers to new levels of perceptiveness about the big picture as well as minute moments.”
—Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and The Fountain of St. James Court, or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman

“This collection reveals a beguiling new voice in contemporary fiction…Maddox’s stories open up unexpected, little noticed corners of our world...Some read like fables; some surprise with bold humor. All celebrate the mystery of the familiar, the strangeness of the ordinary, and the humanity of marginal lives.”
—Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek 
“These are luscious stories, packed with unflinching honesty and the earthshaking kind of beauty that makes us brave.”
—Fiona Cheong, author of Scent of the Gods and Shadow Theatrehttps://www.createspace.com/6616588

"Maddox has a gift for recapitulating the uncomfortable nitty gritty of life's circumstances as if it [were] common everyday language. . . .A definite read for those who are looking for an honest portrayal of life."

Anita Lock

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