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Mothers and Other Monsters [Hardcover]

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Maureen F. McHugh is the author of four acclaimed novels. Her genre-expanding short fiction has won the Hugo and Locus Awards and has frequently been included in Best of the Year anthologies.

Now, in her luminous, long-awaited debut collection, McHugh wryly and delicately examines the impacts of social and technological shifts on families. Using beautiful, deceptively simple prose, she illuminates the relationship between parents and children and the expected and unexpected chasms that open between generations.

- A woman introduces her new lover to her late brother.

- A teenager is interviewed about her peer group's attitudes toward sex and baby boomers.

- A missing stepson sets a marriage on edge.

- Anthropologists visiting an isolated outpost mission are threatened by nomadic raiders.

McHugh's characters -- her Alzheimers-afflicted parents or her smart and rebellious teenagers -- are always recognizable: stubborn, human, and heartbreakingly real and are brought to life with graceful restraint and delicacy.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   232
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Small Beer Press
ISBN  1931520135  
ISBN13  9781931520133  

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More About Maureen F. McHugh

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Maureen F. McHugh is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Mission Child, China Mountain Zhang -- which was a New York Times Notable Book, nominated for both a Hugo and a Nebula Award, and winner of the Locus Readers' Poll for Best First Novel, a James Tiptree Award, and a Lambda Award -- and Half the Day is Night. She received the Hugo for her short story "The Lincoln Train," and other stories have appeared in several publications and anthologies, including in the highly regarded collection Starlight 1. Ms. McHugh lives in Ohio with her husband and stepson.

Maureen F. McHugh currently resides in Twinsburg, in the state of Ohio.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > General
3Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Authors, A-Z > ( M ) > McHugh, Maureen F.
4Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Anthologies

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Free SF Reader  Aug 2, 2007
A pretty low-key story collection, with a 3.27 just scraping in enough to get the 3.5.

Mothers and Other Monsters : Ancestor Money - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : In the Air - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : The Cost to Be Wise - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : The Lincoln Train - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : Interview: On Any Given Day - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : Oversite - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : Wicked - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : Laika Comes Back Safe - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : Presence - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : Eight-Legged Story - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : The Beast - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : Nekropolis - Maureen F. McHugh
Mothers and Other Monsters : Frankenstein's Daughter - Maureen F. McHugh

How to obtain an inheritance in the afterlife.

3.5 out of 5

Boyfriend that can see your dead twin is a bonus.

3 out of 5

Having to eat your dog will make you sad.

3 out of 5

Evil getaway.

3.5 out of 5

Adolescent lifestyle.

3.5 out of 5

Chip the kid.

3.5 out of 5

Flaming shopping.

3 out of 5

Werewolf boy lacking.

3.5 out of 5

Alzheimer's recovery.

4 out of 5

Step problems.

2.5 out of 5

Glove nicking monster.

3 out of 5

AI constraints.

3.5 out of 5

Slow clone.

3 out of 5

3.5 out of 5
A balanced and pleasing collection of short stories  Aug 1, 2005
Maureen McHugh has given me some really nice and thought-provoking reads in her novels over the past few years and I was pleased to see this collection of of short stories from her, most of which I had missed. I always approach short story collections with some trepidation.....when the stories are not on par with the writer's novels there is inevitable disappointment, and if the short stories are extremely good then there is still disappointment because the pleasure in reading them is so fleeting! However, every so often, there comes along a collection that does not fall into either trap and provides a haunting and lovely series of well-crafted little gems that are perfect in their own right. This is one such collection. I heartily recommend this one to anyone who has read McHugh in the past and enjoyed her works, and I invite those who haven't sampled her novels to test her writing first with these short stories. You won't be diasappointed with this one!

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