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Hood, Mary

Works: 13 works in 43 publications in 3 languages and 2,282 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3558.O543, 813.54
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Most widely held works about Mary Hood
Most widely held works by Mary Hood
How far she went : stories by Mary Hood( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these stories set in the foothills of North Georgia, Mary Hood describes a world where fear, anger, longing--sometimes worse--lie just below the surface of a pleasant summer afternoon or a Sunday church service
Familiar heat by Mary Hood( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The protagonist is a woman married to a Cuban exile in Florida who is running a fishing business. Taken hostage during a bank robbery, she is raped, for which her macho husband leaves her. She falls back on an old boy friend, they have a car accident, he dies, she loses her memory. Will it never end? It does and she finds true love
And Venus is blue : stories by Mary Hood( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 2001 in English and French and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Hood is considered a "Southern" writer, her sensibilities are universal. In this impressive collection of short fiction, she uses simple phrases to capture a character perfectly; at the same time, she knows when to unleash her controlled prose, freeing it for poetic evocations of landscapes or moments. Above all, she tells good stories. "After Moore" traces the dissolution of a marriage as told to a marriage counselor by all the family members. Hood manages to be both funny and perceptive as she adopts the voice of each character in turn. The title piece is an ambitious novella in which Hood's experiments with time do not quite work, but she deftly renders a family's complex relationships and at the same time creates the ambience of a mill-town community. Hood, who won the 1984 Flannery O'Connor Award for her first book of stories, How Far She Went, is a talented writer with a distinctive, memorable voice
A clear view of the southern sky : stories by Mary Hood( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Clear View of the Southern Sky reveals women in the twenty-first century doing what women have always done in pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. In each of the ten tales from southern storyteller Mary Hood, women have come--by circumstances and choice--to the very edge of their known worlds. Some find courage to winnow and move on; others seek the patience to risk and to stay. Along the way hearts, bonds, speed limits, fingernails, and the Ten Commandments get broken. Dust settles, but these women do not. In the title story, a satellite dish company promises that happiness--or at least access to its programming--requires just a TV and a clear view of the southern sky. The short story itself reveals the journey of a Hispanic woman whose mission is to assassinate a mass murderer, an agenda triggered by post-traumatic stress wrought by seeing the murderer's cynical grin on a news program. We follow her into the shadow of an enormous satellite dish on a roof across the street from the courthouse and ultimately into a women's prison English-as-Second-Language class where she must confront her life. She has slept but never dreamed, and now she wakes. In other stories Hood introduces us to a kindergarten teacher, stunned by a student's blurted-out question, as she discovers her deepest vocation and the mystery of its source. We meet a widow who befriends a young neighbor, only to realize they must keep secrets from each other and hold fast to their hope. A woman trucker discovers the depth of her love as she imagines her cell phone calls--and her sweetheart's own messages--winging their way, tower to tower, along her interstate route. Two stories deal with one man and two of his wives and how they learn the lessons only love can teach about the reach and limitations of ownership and forever. The collection concludes with the novella "Seambusters," in which a diverse cast of women workers in a rural Georgia mill sew camouflage for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The women are part of a larger purpose, and they know it. When the shadow of death passes over the factory, each woman and the entire community find out what it really means to have American Pride. New York Times best-selling writer and Story River Books editor at large Pat Conroy provides a foreword to the collection"--
Seam Busters : a novella by Mary Hood( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mary Hood's novella Seam Busters explores the connections we make to one another, from the simplest of acts to those moments that define life and death. When Irene Morgan returns to Frazier Fabrics, a family-owned cotton mill in the hardscrabble heart of Ready, Georgia, she joins an eclectic group of women workers sharing their interwoven lives inside and outside the factory. Under constant surveillance and beholden to production quotas and endless protocols presented under the auspices of "American Pride," the women sew state-of-the-art camouflage for U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, one of whom is Irene's son. As Irene toils under the stress of the learning curve and production goals in her first ninety days, she comes to embrace the camaraderie of her peers, some of whom play on the mill's bowling team, the Seam Busters. She comes to know Coquita, a shaky veteran returned from three tours in the Middle East; Kit, an angel-haired rule breaker unlucky in love; the stoic Hmong woman Sue Nag; the beaten but not yet defeated K'shaundra; and Jacky, a well-intentioned fool determined to be heard. In time Irene comes to value her bonds with this motley crew as much as with her husband, Deke, on their small farm and with her far-flung children and grandchildren. When the shadow of death travels from the war front to the home front, Hood deftly braids the threads of these disparate lives and stories into a lifeline for Irene, as her entire community gathers together in an impassioned act of mourning ultimately giving rise to mercy"--
Och Venus är blå : [berättelser] by Mary Hood( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in Swedish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

500 cases of suspected child abuse a study of the work of the Child Protection Services, Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Introducing Mary Hood by Mary Hood( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Mary Hood papers by Mary Hood( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The collection consists of the papers of Mary Hood from 1947-1995 and includes correspondence and personal papers, journals, writings by Hood, and printed material. Correspondence is primarily professional in nature and contains letters between Hood and her publishers, such as the University of Georgia Press and Ticknor and Fields, and with the editors and staff of the New Georgia Guide. There is significant correspondence between Hood and her agent, Eric Ashworth. There is also a small amount of personal correspondence with Raymond Andrews. The bulk of the collection consists of drafts of Hood's short stories and novels. Drafts are both manuscript and typescript, but in many cases the original order could not be identified. Numbers have been assigned artificially when necessary to distinguish between different drafts. For most works, there are also extensive notes including research, quotations and epigraphs, and story ideas. There is a small amount of correspondence included with the writings, primarily letters attached to specific drafts. There are also numerous drafts and research files relating to Hood's chapter about Northwest Georgia in the New Georgia Guide, essays published in Art and Antiques and Harpers, as well as book reviews published in Georgia Review and Gettysburg Review. Finally, there are several poems by Hood, including two that represent her very early writing. Printed material consists of clippings, primarily about Mary Hood, fliers and brochures
A stubborn sense of place : writers and writings on the South( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Literary roots in Georgia( Visual )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The collection consists of a 15 tape set on 3/4-inch U-Matic videocassettes of Georgia writers reading and discussing their work on the University of Georgia campus May 16-18, 1985. Authors include Raymond Andrews, Mary Hood, John Oliver Killens, James Dickey, Harry Crews, Bettie Sellers and David Bottoms, among others. VHS copies are available for viewing on site
Mary Hood and Michael Malone in conversation by Mary Hood( Recording )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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How far she went : stories
Alternative Names
Mary Hood American writer

Mary Hood Amerikaans romanschrijfster

Mary Hood escritora estadounidense

Familiar heatAnd Venus is blue : stories