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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Crane  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in New York

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Illinois Connection

Elizabeth Crane lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elizabeth Crane teaches writing at Northwestern's School of Continuing Studies and The University of Chicago. Her work has been featured in ''McSweeney's The Future Dictionary of America '' and ''The Best Underground Fiction''.

Selected Titles At Your Library

When the messenger is hot /
ISBN: 0316608467. OCLC Number:

Dzanc Books,. Westland, MI :. 2013.

Through the female protagonists in When the Messenger is Hot, Elizabeth Crane examines life, often through slightly off-kilter situations, leading her reader through a series of witty, often close to monologues, and quirky events. In the end her characters experience love and loss in ways that are both uniquely theirs and universal.

All this heavenly glory :
ISBN: 0316014214. OCLC Number:

Little, Brown,. New York :. ©2005.

Her life marked by such challenges as a best friend's betrayal, substance abuse, and the slow death of a parent, Charlotte Anne Byers navigates the turbulent waters of her career and the dating scene while working with an opera house children's choir.

You must be this happy to enter /
ISBN: 1933354437. OCLC Number:

Akashic ;. New York :. 2008.

The two most successful stories of Crane's third collection (following All This Heavenly Glory) are also the most intimate: The Most Everything in the World listens in on a husband and wife playing the what-would-you-take-to-a-deserted-island game, while Donovan's Closet, about a girl with a fetish involving her boyfriend's lemon-scented closet, turns into an optimistic tale of a seemingly doomed relationship's survival. Other characters in Crane's lineup include a suburban zombie turned reality TV star (Betty the Zombie), a time-traveling photographer who gets arrested for being happy (the title story) and a handful of other victims and survivors of not-so-everyday life. Because of Crane's repetitive narration the book is best read piecemeal rather than straight through: I don't mean literally everything. Literally most things, but not everything. In Promise, a story about a woman waiting for the arrival of her adopted child, which closes the collection, Crane quips, I will feed you sugar. And that might as well be Crane's promise for the collection as a whole. Whether breathlessly enthusiastic, serenely calm, or really concentrating right now on their personal zombie issues, Elizabeth Crane's happy cast explores the complexities behind personal satisfaction.

We only know so much :
ISBN: 0062099477. OCLC Number:

Harper Perennial,. New York :. ©2012.

This unforgettable story, filled with empathy, humor and emotional wisdom, follows four generations of an American family living under one roof as they each look for meaning in all the wrong places.



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