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Patricia Lear

Born: Memphis, Tennessee
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Patricia lives in Evanston.

Biography: Patricia Lear has published a volume of short stories. She worked as an editorial assistant for Vogue from 1971-73 and now works as a freelance writer.

  • O`Henry Award, 1991, for ''PowWow''.

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Patricia Lear on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A & W, and so forth :
ISBN: 0394579984 OCLC: 23868117

Knopf : New York : ©1992.

  Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A & W, and So Forth.
ISBN: 9781941531358 OCLC: 913796873

Dzanc Books, New York : 2014.

The New York Times Book Review calls After Memphis, one of the stories in this debut collection, Surely one of the finest American stories ever written. Nothing wrong with reading a writer. But how much better to her a storyteller. Which is all Patricia Lear asks of you, that you open her book and listen to her voice in the very manner you would hear it were she sitting across from you in such close reach that she could tap your knee for emphasis. These are the kinds of tales Patricia Lear wants to tell you--an assortment of confidences and remembrances, make-do ways of commemorating o.