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Bobbie Ann Mason

USA flag (b.1940)

Bobbie Ann Mason was raised on her familys dairy farm in western Kentucky. She became interested in writing as a child, when she wrote imitations of the mystery series novels she read. She was inspired by Louisa May Alcotts "Little Women," but it wasnt until college that she discovered other writers, especially the fiction of Hemingway, Salinger, and Fitzgerald.
She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Kentucky in 1962, her M.A. at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1966, and her Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut in 1972. Although her dissertation on Vladimir Nabokov was published (Ardis, 1974), teaching jobs were scarce in the seventies. Thus, she was able to focus on writing fiction while teaching journalism part-time.

Genres: Romance
   In Country (1985)
   Spence and Lila (1988)
   Feather Crowns (1993)
   An Atomic Romance (2005)
   The Girl in the Blue Beret (2011)
   Dear Ann (2020)
   Shiloh and Other Stories (1982)
   Love Life (1989)
   Midnight Magic (1998)
   Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail (2001)
   Nancy Culpepper (2006)
   Patchwork (2018)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Balancing Act (2017)
   Bridges (2017)
   The Whirling Circle (2017)
Non fiction show
Bobbie Ann Mason recommends
Fabrications (2020)
Pamela Painter
"Pamela Painter is a master storyteller?captivating, playful, hilarious, tender, perverse, Kafkaesque. Her craft is meticulous yet fluid. And her final sentences are zingers. A story makes a deft turn and comes to a profound stop."
Visible Empire (2018)
Hannah Pittard
"While stitching together the threads of several lives linked to a horrifying air disaster, Hannah Pittard unravels the fabric of their larger social world, revealing the true horror. Her prose is daring and confident, stellar and sharp. This is highly charged writing, a gripping and satisfying story."
Flying Shoes (2014)
Lisa Howorth
"It has been a long time since I read a novel with such charm, generosity, humor, daring, and brilliance. It is just splendid."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Bobbie Ann Mason
Nothing But You (1997)
Love Stories from the New Yorker
edited by
Roger Angell
Downhome (1995)
An Anthology Of Southern Woman Writers.
edited by
Susie Mee

More anthologies 

PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1983) : Shiloh and Other Stories

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