In these powerful stories, What She Was Saying softens the already thin line between hope and hopelessness, between perseverance and despair, between what can and cannot be said. A finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter and Eludia book awards, as well as a semifinalist for Black Lawrence Press Hudson, Eastern Washington University Spokane, and Leapfrog Press book prizes, What She Was Saying gives voice to the lives we all need to hear.

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Early Praise for What She Was Saying:

From the ingenious title to the last story, What She Was Saying is a study of the gap between the covert and the overt. Alienation, isolation, desperation are here writ both small and large; their echo is a humanistic plea for inclusiveness, community, friendship, and simple love and kindness, one to another. Wonderfully crafted, honest, and bold, Marjorie Maddox's work always brings her readers to new levels of perceptiveness about the big picture as well as minute moments. --Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and The Fountain of St. James Court, or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman

This collection reveals a beguiling new voice in contemporary fiction. . . . Maddox s stories open up unexpected, little noticed corners of our world. . . . Some read like fables; some surprise with bold humor. All celebrate the mystery of the familiar, the strangeness of the ordinary, and the humanity of marginal lives. --Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek

These are luscious stories, packed with unflinching honesty and the earthshaking kind of beauty that makes us brave. --Fiona Cheong, author of Scent of the Gods and Shadow Theatre

"What She Was Saying shows Maddox as a masterful and insightful storyteller..."-NewPages

RECOMMENDED by US Review of Books: "Maddox has a gift for recapitulating the uncomfortable nitty gritty of life's circumstances as if it [were] common everyday language. . . .A definite read for those who are looking for an honest portrayal of life" -Anita Lock

"...Maddox's exploration. . .[is] stunning. . . .These stories do what good stories do, they promote empathy and understanding, which is something we could all use more of"-TTC

"...In What She Was Saying, Marjorie Maddox uses the tip of her pen to capture a series of vignettes that articulate life with all its spoken and unspoken panorama of the unexpected...." – Michele Morin at Living Our Days