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The Year of Needy Girls

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Lambda Literary Award Finalist
2017 Best Book Award Finalist
My Story

Patricia (Patty) Smith has been teaching American Literature and Creative Writing at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg, VA since 2006. A native New Englander, she received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her nonfiction has appeared in the anthologies Older Queer Voices; One Teacher in Ten: Gay and Lesbian Educators Tell Their Stories (Alyson Publications, 1994); Tied in Knots: Funny Stories from the Wedding Day (Seal Press, 2006); Something to Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing, (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009); One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Teachers Discuss What Has Gotten Better…and What Hasn’t (Beacon Press, 2015); and in Nine Lives: A Life in Ten Anthology. Her essays and stories have appeared in such places as Hippocampus; Salon; the Master's Review; Parhelion Literary Magazine; Broad Street: A New Magazine of True Stories; Prime Number: A Distinctive Journal of Poetry and Prose, Gris-Gris, An Online Journal Of Literature, Culture, and the Arts; The Tusculum Review, and So to Speak: a journal of feminist language and literature. The Year of Needy Girls is her first novel.

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The Year of Needy Girls

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“A tense story about a small town swept up in bigotry and paranoia after the brutal murder of a local boy sends the residents into a frenzied witch hunt . . . Smith’s crisp prose and dedication to realistic moral ambiguity make for a provoking read.”

Next Event
Official Book Launch & Signing at 
Babe's of Carytown

Jan 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

3166 W Cary St (at Auburn Ave), Richmond, VA 23221

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