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Martha McPhee

Biography

Martha McPhee

Martha McPhee is the author of the novels AN ELEGANT WOMAN, BRIGHT ANGEL TIME, GORGEOUS LIES, L’AMERICA and DEAR MONEY. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. GORGEOUS LIES was a finalist for the National Book Award. She teaches fiction at Hofstra University and lives in New York City.

Martha McPhee

Books by Martha McPhee

by Martha McPhee - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

Drawn from the author’s own family history, AN ELEGANT WOMAN is a story of discovery and reinvention, following four generations of women in one American family. As Isadora, a novelist, and two of her sisters sift through the artifacts of their forebears’ lives, trying to decide what to salvage and what to toss, the narrative shifts to a winter day in 1910 at a train station in Ohio. Two girls wait in the winter cold with their mother --- the mercurial Glenna Stewart --- to depart for a new life in the West. As Glenna campaigns in Montana for women’s suffrage and teaches in one-room schoolhouses, Tommy takes care of her little sister, Katherine: trapping animals, begging, keeping house and cooking, while Katherine goes to school. When Katherine graduates, Tommy makes a decision that will change the course of both of their lives.