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The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love

A Novel

Voices of the South

203 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / no illustrations


  Paperback / 9780807128350 / September 2002

Molly Hanner’s marriage to William is slowly unraveling, and the pulls of entropy this exerts upon them and their three children painfully instruct Molly in the many ways people barely miss loving each other. But divorce is only a catalyst in Molly’s life. Amazed at the weight of her family’s hurt and at her isolation within it, Molly, painter and student of astronomy, shifts her gaze outward — to the stars, to the images she paints, to the world around her — looking for an order that will contain the disarray of her own life. 

Elizabeth Cox is the author of one story collection and three novels, including Night Talk, winner of the Lillian Smith Award. Born and raised in Chattanooga, she lived in Durham, North Carolina, for almost thirty years and taught at Duke University for seventeen years. She currently lives in Littleton, Massachusetts, and serves on the faculty of the Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars.

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