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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (April 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743218728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743218726
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Eggers San Francisco Chronicle Any lover of realistic narrative fiction about actual and unglamorous people will be greatly rewarded by the work of Antonya Nelson.

Lynna Williams Chicago Tribune These are precise and acutely knowing stories, written by a woman who understands the potential of both female trouble and the short story form.

Frederick Busch, The New York Times Book Review These are serious stories, sensual and dark, with much at risk for the reader and, one imagines, the writer...Female Trouble is the work of a strong writer who sees both panoramically and with a powerfully close focus.

Carmela Ciuraru Newsday Precise, perceptive, and exceedingly funny.

About the Author

Antonya Nelson teaches creative writing at the University of Houston, and is the award-winning author of three novels and four short story collections. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Best American Short Stories. She divides her time among Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Frank Loose on June 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I pulled this book up on Amazon to order it for a friend and I couldn't believe no one had reviewed it. I bought it in hardback when it first came out and was so impressed with the stories that I tracked down Ms. Nelson's earlier collections of stories, Land of Men, and The Expendables. I am glad I did as they each contain some gems. Female Trouble, though, is full of gems. They showcase Ms Nelson's talent for finding the fresh way of looking at the moral questions and difficult relationships that are the fodder for much of fiction. And while this is serious stuff, Ms. Nelson handles it with clarity and sensitivity and even humor. The first story is about a woman who returns to her childhood town with her young daughter and while reading the newspaper comes across something that forces her to confront her own troublesome youth. The device that drives this story is so compelling and creative that I was anxious to see i f Ms Nelson could sustain that level of creativity throughout the entire collection. She did. I believe you will find several characters and stories that stay wtih you long after you've put this one on your "A" shelf. ....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on October 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
Female Trouble is one of the most profound women's anthologies I've ever read. This collection of short stories has dark and profound subject matters. There are stories of infidelity, failed marriages, mother/daughter relationships and women's sexual prowess. Antonya Nelson is a rather talented writer with an obvious penchant for revealing women's emotions. The female protagonists are of various ages and economic backgrounds. There is something for every woman here. I can't recommend this wonderful book enough! Brava, Ms. Nelson, for revealing some rather profound truths with such unflinching honesty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2003
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Nelson's perception and clarity in writing of complex, difficult issues is an amazing talent. Her prose are smart, witty, and feel deeply connected to each and every character. Nelson's writing is so in touch with language and emotion that the reader is transplanted into the world of the characters. A fantastic collection that cannot be put down until the end is reached.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JJones on January 23, 2013
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This is the most morose collection of stories I have ever read. I wish I could get a refund of the purchase price and a refund on the time I wasted reading it. I honestly cannot find one redeeming thing to say about the book. The characters are depressed and depressing, pitiful and mostly morally bankrupt human beings.
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