Library Journal has named Nickole Brown's Fanny Says a Best Book of 2015 for Poetry! According to LJ Editor Henrietta Verma: "We agonized, we discussed, we pondered, and most of all we read, read, read. The results are below: lists of what the LJ Reviews team can honestly say are the best titles published in 2015. They include a Top Ten list of the most outstanding titles of the year, both fiction and nonfiction; followed by 'More of the Best,'—the titles that we just couldn’t let go of although they didn’t make it to the top ten; and the best of a variety of genres, from poetry to arts and crafts . . . I hope you’ll enjoy these titles as much as we enjoyed picking them." An "unleashed love song" to her late grandmother, Nickole Brown's collection brings her brassy, bawdy, tough-as-new-rope grandmother to life. With hair teased to Jesus, mile-long false eyelashes, and a white Cadillac Eldorado with atomic-red leather seats, Fanny is not your typical granny rocking in a chair. Instead, think of a character that looks a lot like Eva Gabor in Green Acres, but darkened with a shadow of Flannery O'Connor. A cross-genre collection that reads like a novel, Fanny Says is both a collection of oral history and a lyrical and moving biography that wrestles with the complexities of the South, including poverty, racism, and domestic violence. Nickole Brown grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and Deerfield Beach, Florida. Her first collection, Sister, was published by Red Hen Press in 2007. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, studied literature at Oxford University, and was the editorial assistant for the late Hunter S. Thompson. She is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry at White Pine Press, and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs. Click here to see Library Journal's complete list of Best Books of 2015 for Poetry. Fanny Says is available now at the BOA Bookstore.
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