Elegies For The Brokenhearted: A Novel by Christie HodgenElegies For The Brokenhearted: A Novel by Christie Hodgen

Elegies For The Brokenhearted: A Novel

byChristie Hodgen

Paperback | January 29, 2016

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Who are the people you’ll never forget? For Mary Murphy, there are five, eulogized here in an utterly unforgettable voice. Mary tells the story of her own life—her childhood spent trading one home and father figure for another, her efforts to track down her rebellious sister, and her winding search for purpose—through her experiences and encounters with the people who shaped her path. The result is an unconventional and moving story about identity, family, and belonging.
Christie Hodgen is the author of Elegies for the Brokenhearted; Hello, I Must Be Going; and A Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw. She has won the AWP Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where she lives.
Title:Elegies For The Brokenhearted: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 29, 2016Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393340236

ISBN - 13:9780393340235


Rated 4 out of 5 by from “Never judge a book by its cover” This book looks at the people that came into the main character (Mary) life. People that we’re apart of her life story, the ones she would never forget. This book really shows the point of you never know a persons story until you walk and mile in their shoes. Really hit home for me. Overall great read, well written characters and I like how the book comes full circle in the end.
Date published: 2018-06-29

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review. Stunning. . . . Each elegy is a riveting trip . . . made especially worthwhile by Hodgen's gorgeous prose. — Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. Hodgen’s magnificent, heartbreaking journey, with its moving finish, is an unforgettable novel, a must-read. — BooklistKnocked my socks off. It’s a first-person novel told in second-person looks back at five significant people she’s lost: a life told in deaths. Hodgen’s writing spins out dependent clauses like carefully controlled ripples of language. — Caroline Stanley (Flavorwire)The protagonist is a nobody that everybody will root for. — Colleen Hodgetts (Feminist Review)Deep, dark, and beautiful, Christie Hodgen’s story of a fabulously flawed family reads like a quintessentially American tale.... The generational cast of quirky, yet completely believable characters, the heartbreak and redemption as time unfolds, and Hodgen’s biting humor and exquisite writing all add up to a tremendous novel. Book clubs: put this one on your lists. — Lolly Winston, author of Happiness Sold SeparatelyElegies for the Brokenhearted is brilliant, gorgeous, illuminated writing. Hodgen writes like a Christian mystic who has God speaking through her mingled with her own wild, lyrical mix of popular culture and high art. What a voice! — Clancy Martin, author of How to SellThis stellar novel shows us once again that Christie Hodgen is hilarious, hugely talented, and full of luminous passion. In inspired prose, she tells the stories of those who have strung themselves around the heart of Mary Murphy, that undefeated heroine who cannot stop speaking to her loved ones, long after they’ve left. — Deb Olin Unferth, author of Vacation