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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Short Flight/Long Drive Books; 2 edition (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974954187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974954189
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 2.8 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Miller is the author of a story collection, BIG WORLD, and a chapbook, Less Shiny. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Ninth Letter, McSweeney's Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Black Clock, Indiana Review, and others. Her fiction has been anthologized in New Stories from the South (2008) and Dzanc's Best of the Web (2010).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Smith on October 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Mary Miller's Big World presents the world with a new and wonderful voice in the world of short fiction. Her characters are unique and her prose is clean and fresh. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Thomas on October 13, 2009
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I discovered MMs work at the Literary Death Match, an off-site event at this year's AWP Chicago writer's conference. The editor of Hobart, Aaron Burch, read from BIG WORLD. And after that it was all over for me. I got the collection and LOVED it. Keep an eye out for her other work. In fact, SEEK it out. Other similar voices that I have recently discovered, would include Mary Gaitskill (BAD BEHAVIOR), Holly Goddard Jones (GIRL TROUBLE) and Amelia Gray (AM/PM).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Ellis on March 24, 2014
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I could say that Mary Miller's Big World is a wonderful collection, which it is, and that the stories in it remind me of how I feel when reading stories by Charles Baxter (or Bobbie Ann Mason), and they are all excellent because Baxter (and Mason) seems to ONLY write excellent stories. I could say that if I taught a writing class, which is a wildly hilarious idea (the thought of me teaching anything!), I would add stories from Big World into the curriculum because they encompass everything one should want a short story to have, which is to say they are truthful, funny and sad, and many other things also. I could say a lot about this book, really, but I won't. What I WILL say is that I recommend Big World to people who like reading strong writing about flawed (yet remarkably interesting) characters, and I recommend it highly because that's how this book rolls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Henri on August 27, 2013
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Read this book now. Drop everything else. Miller's hopeless characters and bleak settings will make your nervously smile and crave cigarettes, whiskey, and cheap hotel rooms. The hilarious indifference of the narrator shines a light down on the darkness of the subject matter which deals a lot with death and bad/mediocre/awkward relationships. Mary Miller says it best herself, "I tried not to hold it against God. It wasn't God's fault that all the sick people in the world latched onto him."
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