Let's Do

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Paperback ISBN-13: 9781574411850
Paperback ISBN-10: 1574411853
Physical Description: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. 192 pp.
Publication Date: December 2004
Series: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction | Volume: 3
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  • The Anne Powers Book-length Fiction Award sponsored by the Council for Wisconsin Writers, 2005
  • Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program Selection, Winter 2005
  • Outstanding Achievement recognition by the Wisconsin Library Association's Literary Awards Committee, 2005
  • Finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize from the Poetry Center, 2005
  • Bronze Award Winner for the Book of the Year, Short Stories, from Foreword Magazine, 2004
  • Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2004

In the nine stories of Let’s Do, various calamities strike ordinary Midwesterners, who cope with a mixture of good intentions and ineptitude. Balancing humor with painful clarity, author Rebecca Meacham pulls readers into the lives of characters who struggle with—and more often against—change.

“Rebecca Meacham has one of the freshest voices I've encountered in a long time. Blatantly wise, she creates stories that are deliciously subversive, brave and outrageous, reminiscent of a young Alice Hoffman. As the lives of her characters get derailed, they move with the damaged grace of walking through broken glass on tiptoe. This is a writer whose words speak with emotional resonance about the resilience of the human heart—a beautiful, authentic talent who knows that when you turn life upside down, you get good measures of both trouble and laughter, a lesson the very best writers recognize early.”—Jonis Agee, judge

“The characters in Let’s Do are the kind of people we don’t want to be—drunks, stalkers, lonely ex-wives and husbands, grieving parents, all decent people who do indecent things—and Rebecca Meacham writes about them brilliantly, with empathy, intelligence and a scathing sense of humor. This is a terrific debut, by a fearless, hugely talented writer.”—Brock Clarke, author of What We Won’t Do

“The world of Rebecca Meacham's Let's Do is as brilliant as a diamond. Even the simplest actions—a walk across a snowy landscape, a visit from a sister—shine with unexpected light, and lives that at first appear to be simple are full of angles and refraction, showing greater complexity than we might have dreamed. Meacham's vision is complex, her characters rich and memorable, and the impact of her stories is dazzling.”—Erin McGraw, author of The Baby Tree

About Author:

An Ohio native, REBECCA MEACHAM received her MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University and her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. Her fiction has appeared in numerous journals, and in 2002, was awarded the Chelsea Award for Short Fiction and the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. She lives with her husband in Wisconsin, where she is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.