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Elizabeth McCracken

Biography

Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of six books: HERE'S YOUR HAT WHAT'S YOUR HURRY, THE GIANT'S HOUSE, NIAGARA FALLS ALL OVER AGAIN, AN EXACT REPLICA OF A FIGMENT OF MY IMAGINATION, THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES, and her latest, BOWLAWAY. She’s received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES won the 2015 Story Prize.

She has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University, the University of Oregon, the University of Houston, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She also holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas, Austin.

Elizabeth McCracken

Books by Elizabeth McCracken

by Elizabeth McCracken - Fiction, Historical Fiction

From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the 20th century, Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford’s most defining landmark. When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore-unheard-of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is the heir apparent to Truitt Alleys.

by Elizabeth McCracken - Fiction, Short Stories

At the center of Elizabeth McCracken's stories is often a jagged space left by loss: a neighborhood is haunted by a child's ghost, a library staff grapples with the mystery of a patron's death, a corner store manager obsesses over a missing woman, a son absconds forever with his parents' savings. But equally present in this new story collection --- McCracken's first in 20 years --- are passion, charm, humor and joy.