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Author Bonnie Jo Campbell wants to understand poor, rural women

Dec 13, 2014

Bonnie Jo Campbell is a big-deal writer who has won some fancy awards, including a Pushcart Prize, and she was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in fiction. Poor and working-class rural women are at the heart of many of her stories. Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris recently got a chance to ask her why she writes about these women.

Campbell also writes a lot about water.
Credit Bradley S. Pines/www.bonniejocampbell.com

Campbell is putting the finishing touches on her next book of stories. It will be called "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters," and will be published next fall.

A press release for the book says these stories dive "deep into the hearts of working-class women ... Campbell’s protagonists can be at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny, and they are always getting into or out of trouble." 

You can find more information about Campbell at her website.