Hosted by Neena Husid, in conversation with Debra Monroe.
Inspired by the publication of My Unsentimental Education, a new memoir by Debra Monroe.
"Monroe parallels the narrative conventions of our famous female Victorian authors -- Austen, Brontë, and Eliot -- with her own contemporary, no-nonsense, feminist wit." - Bookslut
“Among the many delights are passages in which Monroe highsteps through dangers; it’s like watching Wonder Woman fend off attacks with her magic bracelets.” —Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Playing her life and early decisions for laughs. . . Trying to be a Midwestern housewife in the tradition of her mother and grandmothers, and an early feminist at the same time, makes for comic incongruity.”—Wisconsin State Journal
"Debra Monroe is a terrifically acute observer of the two worlds of women: her mother s generation corseted in sexual and familial constraints; her own, in which she gathers lovers and addresses that shift with the wind. She is able, in other words, to make just as many mistakes, only different ones. My Unsentimental Education is very funny, not least at her own expense, and it raises a dozen potent questions about what has changed for a generation of women not so much disillusioned as unillusioned about what it means to live like a man." --Rosellen Brown, author of Tender Mercies
Debra Monroe’s work has been admired for its style, “prose that shimmers like a jazz solo, full of sass and danger” (Jonis Agee), and for its irreverent perspective on American life: “Her characters, like her prose, have hard edges. They also have big hearts, dark humor, and purely unique ways of opening themselves up for our inspection. This book makes you want to take the author out for a drink and tell her your troubles” (Antonya Nelson).
Her books have been widely reviewed and won many awards, including the Flannery O’Connor Award, the John Gardner Fellowship, The Violet Crown Award, the Quarterly West Novella Competition, and more. They have appeared on “Best Ten” lists in Elle magazine, the “Hot Type” list in Vanity Fair, as a “Recommended Reading” pick in O, the Oprah Magazine, and in Borders Bookstores’ “Original Voices” series, and she has been nominated for the National Book Award twice. She has published poems, stories, and essays in many magazines and journals.
She was born in North Dakota and raised in Wisconsin. She has since lived in Kansas, Utah, North Carolina, and Texas, where she lives now, and she teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.