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Breakfast TV Book Club reads Melissa Steele's, Beautiful Girl Thumb

by D - Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 9:57am

The October selection in the McNally Robinson / Breakfast TV Book Club is Melissa Steele's Beautiful Girl Thumb.

Melissa Steele's characters are looking for love, but they are willing to settle. They don't dare feel flat-out greed or lust or hate. Instead they wander around, repeating the mantra 'everything is okay.' It isn't.

These brutally funny stories provide valuable advice on destroying friendships, flirting with your marriage counselor, cheating at Diplomacy, dumping your boyfriend via Call Waiting, and enrolling your children in the right elementary school program.

Melissa Steele won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer at the 1999 Manitoba Book Awards. She has taught Creative Writing at the University of Manitoba, acted as a mentor with the Manitoba Writers? Guild and worked as a radio journalist. Her fiction has appeared in journals including Prairie Fire, Zygote, and City Magazine. She is the author of two story collections, Donut Shop Lovers and Beautiful Girl Thumb, both from Turnstone Press. Beautiful Girl Thumb is currently shortlisted for the 2010/11 On the Same Page reading program. She lives in Winnipeg.

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Beautiful Girl Thumb

- Trade paperback

by Melissa Steele - $16.95 - Add to Cart

Winner of the 2007 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction.Shortlisted for the 2007 Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award.Shortlisted for the 2007 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.These brutally funny stories provide valuable advice on destroying friendships, flirting with your marriage counsellor, cheating at Diplomacy, dumping your boyfriend via Call Waiting, and enrolling your children in the right elementary school programme. These are characters looking for love, but they're willing to settle. Melissa Steele spoons up bitter medicine for modern life and burns away the veneer of everyday politeness.

Donut Shop Lovers

- Trade paperback

by Melissa Steele - $14.95 - Add to Cart

Melissa Steele explores modern love and its implications of fear, lonliness and complacency. Divided into two parts: the first is a series of connected short stories chronicaling a family's breakup while the second part is a group of stories exhibiting the random chance and conscientious design behind the involvement of two people who will inevitably end up alone. This book was a winner at the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards.