Sunday, August 05, 2007

Abby Frucht, One of My Favorite Writers

About twenty years ago, I read a book of collected short stories called "Fruit of the Month," and was completely blown away. I was not surprised to see that the book had won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. Later, I went on to read "Life Before Death," "Snap," and "Licorice," all extremely articulate renderings of real life quandries, including deteriorating marriages, the effect of illness on our lives, decisions about having childen, etc. Frucht, while highly readable and genuinely appealing to the reading public, is very much a writer's writer, painting portraits of personalities with the utmost detail, and doing the writer's job of creating wonderful tension and plot, without feeling contrived. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a New Voices Award from Quality Paperback Book Club, and several citations for notable books from The New York Times, Frucht, who has recently become a member of the National Book Critics Circle, has written numerous reviews and essays for The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other publications. A committed mentor who has taught for thirteen years at the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program, she currently lives in Wisconsin where she is at work on several new projects. From her web site: "Many of Ms. Frucht’s works approach dark events via a playful persective, exploring the mysterious, surreal, and eccentric aspects of our lives and their endings."
Frucht is one of those writers where you can't wait to see what she is publishing next.

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