Fanny Howe

Fanny Howe

Fanny Howe has published three books of fiction — Forty Whacks, First Marriage, and Bronte Wilde — and two books of poetry, Eggs and The American Coastline Poem. She has been a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Women and the MacDowell Colony, and has won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. She lives in Boston with her three children, Ann Lucien, Danzy, and Maceo.

In the Middle of Nowhere

Holy Smoke

Poignantly sharp and perceptively accurate beyond all question — this book is humanly, unavoidably true. Read it and weep for all of us.

Robert Creely, on First Marriage

In the Middle of Nowhere

Fanny Howe

In the Middle of Nowhere, by Fanny Howe (FC2, 1984)

1984

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ISBN 978-0-914590-83-5

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ISBN 978-1-57366-865-1

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In The Middle of Nowhere is the story of four people, two men and two women, whose lives converge, by chance, and briefly, in a small New England town. Moods of landscape and weather reflect their states of mind, and incline them towards actions which represent the terminal points of character.

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My daughter and I are among Fanny Howe’s most devoted fans. She is a wonderful writer.

Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

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Beyond mood and language are the uncommon concerns with “duty,” “virtue,” “obedience,” with the relationship between morality and God, which augur well … She is not only writing well, she is thinking hard.

Roberta Kalechofky, American Book Review

… inspired use of language … deeply felt insights.

Newsday

Holy Smoke

Fanny Howe

Holy Smoke, by Fanny Howe (FC2, 1979)

Hardcover
1979
ISBN 978-0-914590-54-5

Quality Paper
1979
ISBN 978-0-914590-55-2

eBook
2015
ISBN 978-1-57366-864-4

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A woman travels among geographies both real and imagined looking for her daughter.

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Howe is a serious writer, a caring craftswoman — a find.

Publishers Weekly

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… concise and poetic, catching you off guard, riding you up and over events in a quick sweep of work associations … a writer of original grace and vision.

Boston Globe