Best European Fiction 2011New Irish Short Stories

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Valerie Trueblood


Shorlisted for the 2011 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award


Valerie Trueblood at the Cork International Short Story Festival


Friday, 16 September. Interview @ 3pm, Reading @ 9pm.
The Ballroom, Metropole Hotel, Cork


Valerie Trueblood grew up in rural Virginia, USA, studied with John Hawkes and John Berryman, worked as a caseworker in Chicago and as a reference librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. In 2006, Trueblood’s first novel, Seven Loves, came out from Little Brown and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers”. She lives in Seattle and the Methow Valley.

“Trueblood has earned a place next to Alice Munro on my shelf of fiction” - Alicia Ostriker

“In her outstanding new collection of short stories, Marry or Burn, Valerie Trueblood uses the threads of familiar topics—love, marriage, separation, general angst—to spin affecting, utterly unexpected yarns. There are first dates, broken hearts, unlooked-for affairs, and of course weddings (brides and grooms figure prominently in five of the 12 stories)—but Trueblood has completely rewritten the script for each of these everyday events.” - Elle


Author Links


Valerie Trueblood website

A Trueblood story in Narrative Magazine

Interview with Trueblood in the Short Review




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