And Venus Is Blue


Title Details

Pages: 304

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.250in



Pub Date: 04/30/2001

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2308-4

List Price: $25.95

And Venus Is Blue


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Inspired with the essence of Mary Hood's native South and spiced with intrigue and the dark side of human nature, this collection of stories offers the drama, humor, and heartache of everyday life and unexpected tragedy—with more than a few twists. The stories cover the terrain of transition between old and new, history and the present, holding on and letting go. In "Finding the Chain," Cliffie struggles to overcome her ties to the past and forge a beginning with her newly formed family. "Moths" shows how one man's fortitude, friends, and love of nature help him see his life of poverty in a new light. In the title novella, Delia struggles to overcome her fears of separation and abandonment in the face of her father's suicide. With characters, situations, and settings that capture the turmoil of lives—and of a region—caught in transition between the past and present, the stories of And Venus Is Blue portray both the uncompromising harshness of life and the power of human tenacity.

Mary Hood is not a good writer, she is a great writer.

—Pat Conroy

These stories are not folksy Old South, they're contemporary Americana, brilliantly conceived and brilliantly written. After savoring good tales well told, I re-read for the extra pleasure of seeing how she did it. I marveled.

—Olive Ann Burns

Beautifully written, with regional characters who turn out to be universal.

Los Angeles Times

[A] marvelous collection.

New York Times


Townsend Prize for Fiction, Chattahoochee Review and DeKalb College


Whiting Award, Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation


Lillian Smith Award, Southern Regional Council

About the Author/Editor

MARY HOOD is also the author of Familiar Heat and How Far She Went (Georgia), a winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her work has been published in the Georgia Review, North American Review, and Yankee, among other publications.