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Mary Flanagan Biography

(1943– ), Bad Girls, Trust, Bildungsroman Rose Reason, The Blue Woman

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novelist and short-story writer, born in Rochester, New Hampshire, educated at Brandeis University. She moved to Britain in 1969, and the expatriate perspective she employs in some of her work has earned her the inevitable comparisons with Henry James and Wharton. Flanagan is, however, a resolutely contemporary writer, as her debut collection of stories, Bad Girls (1984), proved. She has been praised for her skill with the shorter form, in which she displays subtlety, irony, neat plotting, and stylistic economy. Her novels Trust (1987), a study of the relationships of two women and two men, and the modern Bildungsroman Rose Reason (1990) are, by contrast, large in scope and sprawling in structure, ranging over two continents and long timespans. With the whimsical, sometimes surrealistic short fictions collected in The Blue Woman (1994), Flanagan successfully returned to the form in which she made her name.

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over 5 years ago

I agree that Bad Girls is a fabulous and interesting and well-written book. I would like to leave a comment for Mary Flanagan--Mary, it's Laurie-I've tried to call you but haven't been able to get in touch. Please call me or write or e-mail--nothing major--just wanted to say hi and keep in touch.

Happy New Year Mary!

Love, Laurie

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almost 8 years ago

does mary remember rene from holland