You can often tell a lot about someone by what they think of others. In Christie Hodgen's novel, there are five elegies written by Mary Murphy about five people who had an influence on her life. The prose is powerful and compelling, as more is revealed about Mary's own difficult life. This book will knock your proverbial socks off!— From Mark B.
"Brokenhearted" is a generous word for these characters. Most of us would probably think of them as losers, not beautiful ones. Yet these are the people the narrator/elegist leans on and learns from as she negotiates her way through her mother's serial marriages and her search for her sister who has fled for parts unknown. Hodgen has written a novel of extraordinary empathy, evoking the spirit of Carson McCullers.— From Terry
“In this savvy, spirited, moving, and surprisingly humorous novel, Mary Murphy tells her own story as she paints lively portraits of the people with whom she's crossed paths.”