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Dorothy Allison

USA flag (b.1949)

Dorothy Allison grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, the first child of a fifteen-year-old unwed mother who worked as a waitress. Now living in Northern California with her partner Alix and her teenage son, Wolf Michael, she describes herself as a feminist, a working class story teller, a Southern expatriate, a sometime poet and a happily born-again Californian.
   The Women Who Hate Me (poems) (1983)
   Trash (1988)
Non fiction
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1992) : Bastard Out of Carolina

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Homestead (1998)
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The Slave and the Free (1999)
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Upstate (2004)
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More of This World Or Maybe Another (2009)
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"Precise and gorgeous language... A wonderful sense of humor... Pathos made over into something much more effective -- a vision of all these people just doing the best they can. These are stunning stories... the kind that reveal, enlarge, and make living seem worth the trouble."
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Southernmost (2018)
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Every Bone a Prayer (2020)
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