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Joy Williams is the author of the novels State of Grace, The Changeling, and Breaking and Entering, and of two collections of short stories, Taking Care and Escapes (as well as The Florida Keys: A History and Guide). Among her many awards and honors are the Rea Award for the short story and the Harold and Mildred Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her widely anthologized work has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, Granta, and Grand Street. She lives in Arizona and Key West.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Teenage girls Fiction, Maternal deprivation Fiction, Female friendship Fiction, Phoenix (Ariz, ) Fiction, Suburban life Fiction, Orphans Fiction, Arizona Fiction