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Bobbie Ann Mason

Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of eight books of fiction and a memoir, Clear Springs (Random House, 1999), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her first collection of short fiction, Shiloh & Other Stories (Harper & Row, 1982), won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her most recent novel, The Girl in the Blue Beret (Random House, 2011), won the Kentucky Book Award.


Photo by Charles Bertram

Reading Between the Lines

Spring 2014 | Essays

When I was about ten, I received a five-​year diary for Christmas. It was a small green leather-like book with a little lock and key. My grandmother, who had briefly kept a minimalist diary, insisted that I record the weather. In her diary she wr [...]

The Horsehair Ball Gown

Spring 2013 | Fiction

On Thursdays, if the weather was pleasant, Isabella Smith drove her older sister, Maud, to Lexington to have lunch at Harvey’s, the best place outside of Louisville to get a Kentucky Hot Brown. They liked the friendly old-time atmosphere, with its [...]


Everyone comments on how wonderful I'm looking, how my tan makes me look younger, how I seem to be a new person. I'm not so mousy anymore, and driving on busy highways no longer makes me fearful. My children were here earlier this summer, with their [...]