One to Watch: Hannah Pittard

The Fates Will Find Their Way, Hannah Pittard
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ecco (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
List Price: $22.99
ISBN-10: 006199605X
ISBN-13: 978-0061996054


This is Pittard's debut novel. It's getting mixed reviews (mostly good). Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Oxford American, Mississippi Review, BOMB, Nimrod, and Story Quarterly.  She was included in 2008 Best American Short Stories' 100 Distinguished Stories. She received the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award.

From Booklist:
Lauded short story author Pittard’s carefully plotted first novel, centered on the aftermath of a 16-year-old girl’s disappearance, is interestingly told from the first-person plural point of view of the boys she left behind. Now grown men with wives and families, they have, for the most part, remained in the sleepy, unnamed mid-Atlantic town of their youth. With the imagination of their awkward, sheepish teenage selves, the book’s narrators, at once interchangeable and completely singular, imagine what has happened to Nora Lindell in the 30 or so years since she vanished. In endlessly revealing their elaborate conjectures, the boys-turned-men inadvertently tell their own story, which is, not surprisingly, the only place where Pittard draws any real conclusions in her quiet, satisfying tale. Of Nora we learn one thing for certain, that her disappearance continues to reverberate in the hearts and minds of those teenage boys she left behind, and that losing her and everything she represented placed a sad coda on every thought they’ve had since. --Annie Bostrom
You can read Publishers Weekly's interview with her here.


Goodreads rating: 3.85 stars
Amazon rating: 4 stars

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