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Rilla Askew


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Rilla Askew is an American novelist and short story writer born in the Sans Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma, where her family has lived for five generations. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1980 and went on to study creative writing at Brooklyn College, where she received her MFA in 1989.
 
 
Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1998) : The Mercy Seat


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The Ocean in Winter (2021)
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"A compelling portrait of a wounded family seeking a path forward. Elizabeth de Veer writes with nuanced understanding of the complexities of hurt and healing, and she knows how to tell a damn good story. Rich in dialogue, action, and a keen sense of place, The Ocean in Winter pulls the reader into the swirling vortex of three lives shaped by a family legacy that will not let them go."

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