Books by Melanie Rae Thon

SILENCE AND SONG by Melanie Rae Thon
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"An uneven book that struggles with its own fragmentation but occasionally offers striking reflections on the strange resilience of both humans and the natural world."
Thon (The Voice of the River, 2011, etc.) explores various forms of grief and trauma in a book with an unusual structure.Read full book review >
IN THIS LIGHT by Melanie Rae Thon
Released: May 24, 2011

"Bluntly powerful but deeply nuanced stories from a unique voice in American fiction."
An unsettling group portrait of victimized young women whose survival on the margins of American life is its own best, or worst, reward. Read full book review >
SWEET HEARTS by Melanie Rae Thon
Released: Jan. 14, 2001

"Brilliantly imagined and infused with a raw spirituality that cuts to the bone. Thon writes with lyric power about the lives of lost souls who nonetheless passionately believe in a God 'no longer capable of even the smallest miracles.'"
A child of rape grows up to become a killer, in this third novel by the Whiting Award-winning author of First, Body (1997). Read full book review >
FIRST, BODY by Melanie Rae Thon
Released: Jan. 9, 1997

"Although in essence these stories are grim studies of lost possibilities, the rhythmic beauty of Thon's writing is everywhere extraordinary: Here is a writer who can really sing the blues. (Author tour)"
Singing the body electric in her distinctive way, by frying a basic life-as-punishment theme until little but ashes remains, Granta-acclaimed young novelist Thon returns with a second volume of tough, exact, unsparing stories (Girls in the Grass, 1991). Read full book review >
IONA MOON by Melanie Rae Thon
Released: June 1, 1993

"Thon writes capably, but her prose is not yet powerful enough, nor her characters autonomous enough, to make her monochromatic world memorable."
Lives overflowing with pain are what Thon offers in her second novel (following Meteors in August, 1990), this time focusing on three Idaho teenagers. Read full book review >
GIRLS IN THE GRASS by Melanie Rae Thon
Released: June 1, 1991

"Thon has carved out her own territoryand through her meticulous style allows readers to share in her fascination."
A first story collection from Thon (Meteors in August, 1990) includes several standouts (the title story, ``Punishment,'' ``Repentance,'' and ``Sisters'') as well as others that display the author's particular forte with blue collar, coming-of-age material that explores the lure of the forbidden. Read full book review >