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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Miller Narrator: Amy Speace, Andi Arndt, Janis Ian, Louise Mosrie, Mary Gauthier, Mary Miller, Telisha Williams Publisher: Lyric Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A short story collection full of powerful prose and remarkably genuine characters from the author of The Last Days of California

The collection of stories, produced by Andi Arndt, is performed by the author along with a stunning cast of Nashville stars, including Janis Ian, Mary Gauthier, Telisha Williams, Amy Speace, and Louise Mosrie.

The characters in Mary Miller’s debut short story collection, Big World, are at once autonomous and lonesome, possessing both a longing to connect with those around them and a cynicism regarding their ability to do so, whether they’re holed up in a motel room in Pigeon Forge with an air-gun-shooting boyfriend, as in “Fast Trains,” or navigating the rooms of their house with their dad after their mother’s death as in “Leak.” Mary Miller’s writing is unapologetically honest and efficient, and the gut-wrenching directness of her prose is reminiscent of Mary Gaitskill and Courtney Eldridge, if Gaitskill’s and Eldridge’s stories were set in the South and reeked of spilled beer and cigarette smoke.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Miller’s great at turning the mundane inside out and letting the world see its guts.”

    Metro Times (Detroit)

  • “Poorly concealed traps lie all over for the women in Big World in the form of married men, exes, a damaged sense of relating to the world. In other words, the traps are so big, they hardly see them before walking straight in.”

    TimeOut Chicago

  • "Big World gives a full anatomy lesson of the kind of heart that’s kick-started by booze, cigarettes, and jukebox songs of regret. Miller writes with savage charm.”

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  • “Mary Miller is a master of tone. Big World triumphs by inhabiting a persistent tonal landscape, a recurring state of mind.”

    Rumpus

  • "Big World reveals Mary Miller as a master of the slow-motion hysteria we as contemporary Americans know so well.”

    Portland Review

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About the Author

Mary Miller grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of the chapbooks Less Shiny and They Could No Longer Contain Themselves, as well as the novel The Last Days of California. Her fiction has been published in dozens of journals and anthologies, including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Mississippi Review, American Short Fiction, Oxford American, and New Stories from the South 2008. She received a master’s degree in English and creative writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, she returned to Mississippi in the fall of 2014 to serve as the John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss.