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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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Long, Last, Happy

“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
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“Barry Hannah is an original, and one of the most consistently exciting writers of the post-Faulkner generation.”
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“Elray Mayhew is one of the truly original literary heroines of the past few decades. . . . A Girl Could Stand Up is the kind of novel that one immediately takes to heart, a remarkable story—goofy and bittersweet.” —June Sawyers, The San Francisco Chronicle
A Girl Could Stand Up
By Leslie Marshall
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4139-2 • $14.00 • Paperback • June 2004
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A Girl Could Stand Up is a novel that sparkles with originality and seduces with offbeat charm. In a voice that combines an exuberant imagination with an undercurrent of wry wisdom, Leslie Marshall has brought to life the remarkable Elray Mayhew—a child-woman who will surely become one of literature’s most unforgettable young heroines.

At an amusement park outing to celebrate Elray’s sixth birthday, Elray’s parents, Barkley and Jack, are killed in a freak accident while riding through the Tunnel of Love. In the aftermath of this disaster Elray finds herself the ward of two hapless uncles—Harwood, a macho, hard-drinking professional photographer, and Ajax, a thirty-something cross-dresser who prefers to present himself as an “aunt.” As this unlikely trio struggles to process grief and forge some version of a coherent “family,” they are joined by a delightful cast of characters, including Rena, an Irish attorney who is trying the family’s case against the amusement park, and a glamorous but unruly relative who resurfaces after having seemingly died thirty years earlier.

But the beating heart of this novel is the love story that develops between Elray and her friend Raoul. When they bump into each other deep in the crypts of Washington National Cathedral, they find that they are in pursuit of the same quality: invincibility. Joining forces in a youthful quest, they embark on a series of rituals and wild adventures that challenge their nerve and teach them much about themselves and each other. In the course of discovering themselves, Elray and Raoul also unearth important truths about the nature of courage and strength, and the transforming power of love and family.

Marshall, a true storyteller, has created a world that is hers alone. In it, a new model for family emerges. Her eccentric characters are so real, they will get under your skin and stay there long after you finish the book—your own ghost family for life.
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