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“In Braxton, NC, the fictitious hometown of Ellen Herbert's ‘Falling Women,’ war is never far away, thanks to a nearby military base, and there's plenty of grief to go around. The women of the stories—sisters, mothers, widows, students— struggle with money, alcohol, family betrayals, and staying true to themselves. One of the myriad pleasures in reading Herbert's wise tales is that many of her ‘falling women’ not only survive but triumph. Fiction may be made of ‘artful lies,’ as one of the characters suggests, but what these generous, accomplished stories reveal is the truth about the human heart.”

—Kate Blackwell, author of ‘You Won't Remember This: Stories.’

FALLING WOMEN and Other Stories by Ellen Herbert

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