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Flesh: A Suzanne LaFleshe Mystery Hardcover – March, 2005
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Powerful prose, a great story, and a sympathetic (if willful) heroine combine in an engaging mystery debut. -- Library Journal, March 1, 2005
About the Author
Hollis Seamon is the author of Body Work: Stories (Spring Harbor Press, 2000). A Publishers Weekly review (April 2000) described the book: "The lives of women and girls are unconventionally and richly explored in Body Work by Hollis Seamon. With precise prose alternately chatty and subtly resonant, Seamon delves into female adolescence, body issues, sexuality, relationships between mothers and daughters, and other themes, often keenly revealing the magical, uncanny and symbolic meanings in everyday life." Seamons first novel, Flesh, will be available from Avocet in Fall 2004.
Seamons stories have appeared in many literary journals, including Fiction International, The Nebraska Review, Calyx, 13th Moon, The Hudson Review, and The Chicago Review. Her work has been anthologized in The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe and Other Stories of Women and Fatness (The Feminist Press of CUNY, 2003); Food and Other Enemies (Essex Press, 2000); A Line of Cutting Women (Calyx Books, 1998);); and Sacred Ground: Writings About Home (Milkweed Editions, 1996). Seamon is a recipient of a grant for fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts; her work has been noted in Best American Essays and The O. Henry Award: Prize Stories and has received a number of Pushcart Prize nominations.
A resident of the Hudson Valley in New York for more than thirty years, Seamon holds a doctorate in English from the State University of New York at Albany. She is also an alumna of Bates College, Bard College and the College of Saint Rose. She is the mother of two grown sons, Tobias and Jacob Seamon. (Tobias Seamons debut novel, The Magicians Study, will be published by Turtle Point Press in September 2004). Seamon teaches writing and literature at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
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I have just reread FLESH: A SUZANNE LEFLESHE MYSTERY. And it has been a wonderful experience. Everything I remember about the book is even better on a second reading and all the things I didn't remember because I'd read too fast seems new to me. One of the strangest things I experienced was my discovery that I have retained in my imagination fully realized pictures of the public and private spaces Seamon describes. She is a really talented writer about architecture, doing interiors with the same delicacy and vividness of the Dutch painters of interiors. I can't think offnand of other writers, except maybe Bernard Berenson (sp?) and Constance Fenimore Woolson who have so successfully revealed to me pictures in words of the interiors spaces. I can really see the spaces in which Seamon's characters live and their stories take place. I can hear how sound echoes differently in different spaces. Amazing writing.
Suzanne is a wonderful character. I want to know her. I want her to be my friend. I wish this book were the first in a series because I just want to keep on reading about her life and hearing/reading her stories and having a chance to share her with all my mystery and fantasy and fat women loving friends.
I love the mix of genres. I love that Suzanne is bigger than any genre, big enough to encompass them all with no trouble. Obviously I'm pretty enthusiastic about this book and recommend it to everyone without reservation.