Kay Sorenson is stuck. She is forty years old and still trying -- and failing -- to please her glamorous, willful, and indifferent parents. She abandoned a promising music career, settled into a loveless marriage, became a careless mother, and began to drink, smoke, and daydream too much. But when her mother dies, Kay is left without her lifelong crutch and is finally forced to take her first tentative steps toward becoming the woman she wants to be.
About the Author
Molly Giles, with her keen eye and ear for a story, is soon to be an acclaimed writer of our times. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Giles's first collection, "Rough Translations, " received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by the University of Georgia Press (1985). This same work also received the Boston Globe Award and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Fiction. She has won numerous other writing awards, including a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Award.
Ms. Giles's fiction has been widely published in journals and magazines, including "Redbook, San Francisco Review of Books Literary Supplement, New England Review, " and "Five Fingers Review."
She won the National book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Book Reviewing in 1991. Her book reviews have appeared in the "Washington Post, " the "New York Times, " the "Los Angeles Times, " and the "San Jose Mercury News."
She has a masters degree in English and is an associate professor at San Francisco State University. Acknowledged by her well-known students for her keen eye and ear for a story and for her writing abilities, Giles has also taught such bestselling novelists as Amy Tan and Gus Lee in writing workshops. She lives in Woodacre, California.
The New York Times Book Review
Giles...is a gifted writer -- witty, with keen, comic timing and a graceful sense of economy.
San Jose Mercury News
Giles is a darkly funny writer -- one is reminded of Carson McCullers -- and her dialogue is sharp enough to give you whiplash...[a] tough, brilliant little novel.
The Wall Street Journal
Molly Giles is a cut above....With tart humor and sharp wit, she makes her characters boldly three dimensional.
author of Who Do You Love
Iron Shoes is fierce, funny, always exhilarating. This is comedy with an edge to it, and grief that sees with clear eyes.