Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Kelly Cherry
ForeWord Reviews Award, silver in short stories
Chautauqua Prize, long list
Reviewed in the Athens Flagpole
A fiction debut by Lauren Cobb, chosen by author Kelly Cherry for the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Boulevard Women is a collection of linked stories about the evolving friendships of three women—a teeneager, a forty-something widow, and a seventy-something traditionally Southern-minded lady—who are neighbors along the Boulevard in Athens, Georgia. Kelly Cherry writes, “With this debut collection Lauren Cobb proves herself as a writer who can create suspense, humor, and aesthetic shapeliness out of ordinary materials.
Praise for Boulevard Women
Boulevard Women is a thoughtful and well-honed debut.
Against a backdrop that evokes one of the most vibrant college towns in the South and over the course of ten linked stories, Lauren Cobb’s unforgettable characters grow and change, unfolding and expanding to reveal unexpected dimensions and complexity, great depth and wit in ways that will astonish and delight, compelling readers to consider these Boulevard Women as cherished friends, as family.
—Lorraine M. López, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories
Set in a once glorious, now fading, neighborhood in the quirky town of Athens,Georgia, Lauren Cobb's Boulevard Women deftly explores the inner lives of women the world has largely overlooked. As the foundations of their lives shift and sometimes crumble, Cobb allows her characters to grow and change rather than be knocked down. Cobb's warm and wise heart guides them, and us, to a renewed sense of home.
—Susan Rebecca White, A Place at the Table
In Boulevard Women, Lauren Cobb somehow makes the simple and the everyday seem vitally important. With cool insight and deceptive simplicity, she immerses us in characters who span generations, and settings that cross a continent. In the process we come to know Leona and Layla and Miss Thalia as if they live next door. Women struggling with life, men, parents--and with time. I loved this book. I couldn't put it down until I'd finished, and I couldn't get it
out of my mind even then.
—David Masiel, The Western Limit of the World
Excellent reading for those who value meditative, beautiful storytelling.—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review) ...
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