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"Maureen Brady is the author of the novels,
Ginger's Fire, Folly, and Give Me Your Good Ear,
as well as the collection of short stories, The Question She
Put to Herself, and three books of nonfiction. Widely
published, she has been awarded grants by New York State
Foundation of the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts
Writer-in-Residence; Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation; Briarcombe
Foundation; and The Barbara Deming Money for Women Memorial
Fund. She teaches creative writing at New York University, The
New York Writers Workshop at the JCC in Manhattan, and Il
Chiostro in Tuscany, Italy. She was a co-founder of the
Spinsters Ink and has served on the Board of The Barbara
Deming Money for Women Fund since 1999, and as Board President
since 2003." --
Saints & Sinners
Folly tells the story of women without men, divorced or widowed or
lesbian, workers in a textile plant in North Carolina in the 1970s, who
are neighbors in a trailer camp, along with their aging mothers and
teenage daughters. What brings them together-black women as well as white
women-is the death of a sick baby left necessarily at home alone because
there were no health care provisions in the male owned and run factory.
After the baby's death, the women decide to strike. The novel records the
winning of that strike, and, at the same time, the inner lives of the
younger and older characters surrounding the major strike leaders. It is
an optimistic, witty, and dramatic book, rare in that it depicts black and
white women working as peers together, and rare in that it depicts a world
not often to be found in literature.
Give Me Your Good Ear
This is Francie's story. Francie weaves a new life for herself by untying the knots that have kept her in bondage: a childhood terrorized by an alcoholic father and a secret of violence shared with her mother.
Ginger's Fire (2003)
From Maureen Brady, previously nominated for an ALA Gay Book Award, comes
Ginger's Fire, an absorbing tale of rebirth, redemption, and
finally finding the way back home.
In quiet, understated prose, Ginger's Fire tells the story of one woman's
painful but very necessary rebirth and awakening. Ginger and Nellie have
finally realized their dream: after years of hard work, they have
completely restored a beautiful old farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains.
But as the house has come together, their relationship has been silently
slipping away. When, after all their labors, their beloved home is
destroyed in a catastrophic fire, Ginger and Nellie begin to move apart,
and Ginger must begin an arduous journey to discover her own long-absent
passion and inner fire. As Ginger delves into her past, discovering the
river of alcoholism and dependency that runs through her life, she learns
to value her own strength once more.
At times Ginger's road is a lonely one, but she finds comfort with Esther,
a wise and appealing therapist, and Roxy, a sexpot gardener who pulls no
punches when it comes to pleasure. With their help, Ginger begins to see
the repeating patterns of her life, from her unhappy childhood to her
repressed adulthood. Time ripples backward and then blends with the
present as Ginger exorcises the demons brought to life by the fire and the
Daybreak: Meditations for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse (1991)
These 366 daily affirmations and meditations extend support and wisdom to
women who have survived childhood sexual abuse. With understanding,
compassion, and strength, the author addresses issues such as intimacy,
fear, play, sharing secrets, and anger. She also shares her personal
knowledge of sexual abuse to illustrate that we can not only survive, but
Beyond Survival: A Writing Journey for Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse (1992)
Midlife: Mediations for Women (1995)
The first and only meditation book to address all of women's joys and
concerns as they navigate the mid-life passage--daily affirmations and
sage advice on hot flashes, mood swings, wisdom gained, and innocence
Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta (Spring 2008), Michelle Sewel,
See "Five 'n Dime".
Bellevue Literary Review ( March 2008)
See "Billy's Mark".
Intersections: Fiction and Poetry from The Banff Centre for the Arts (2000), Edna Alford
and Rhea Tregebov, eds.
Since 1984, writers from around the world have spent time in the artist
studios at The Banff Centre. This collection of fiction and poetry from
thirty-four of those writers gathers the threads of this unique creative
community, bringing together remarkable intersections of setting, story,
tone, and character.
Cabbage and Bones: An Anthology of Irish-American Women's Fiction
(1997), Caledonia Kearns, ed.
See "Achill Ancestors and a Stranger"
The Sorrow of a Donor Dad (2000)
Originally titled In the Family
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