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Absent figures often redefine a family, challenging members to rethink their selves as daughters, mothers, sisters, friends, wives and lovers. A major theme of this collection is a search for place — within the family, and within the larger context of the post-war, post-modern world. A search for place often involves a search for faith as well.

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About the Author

MaryEllen Beveridge received a MFA with honors from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines including Pembroke Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, Other Voices, Notre Dame Review, Cottonwood, Crab Orchard Review, Louisiana Literature, and War, Literature & the Arts. She is a two-time nominee for a Pushcart Prize. A previous short story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and another was a semi-finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Award. MaryEllen is a former member of the faculty at Emerson College, where she taught fiction writing and literature.