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Dorothy Allison

USA flag (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.
Non fiction
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1992) : Bastard Out of Carolina

Dorothy Allison recommends
Autobiography Of A Family Photo (1995)
Jacqueline Woodson
"The girl's voice will open your heart, show you something you need to see... Look closely. This is a photo of graet beauty, great heartbreak, greater love."
Homestead (1997)
Rosina Lippi
"Rosina Lippi is one of those impassioned storytellers who moves us to tears and makes us grateful for it. Reading Homestead, I felt some deep, tender part of me touched and made stronger. It is a heartbreakingly beautiful piece of work."
The Slave and the Free (1999)
Suzy McKee Charnas
"One of the best books I've read this year."
Upstate (2004)
Kalisha Buckhanon
"Heartbreaking and true ... I'd read it again just for the power of the language."
More of This World Or Maybe Another (2009)
Barb Johnson
"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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