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Lovely, Dark and Deep

by Amy McNamara

Lovely, Dark and Deep
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    Oct 2012, 352 pages
    Nov 2013, 352 pages

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Amy McNamara

Amy McNamaraAmy McNamara is a Midwesterner who moved to Brooklyn where she lives with her husband, the artist Doug McNamara, and their two children.

She has an MFA in Poetry and was published first as a poet, but was a writer of prose before all of that. At eight she wrote her first story about a cricket hanging onto the hood ornament of her father's car for dear life. (So she seems to have a penchant for highly emotional topics!) She wrote prose until her mid-twenties and then turned to poetry, but always read novels and short stories. When it was time to write Lovely, Dark and Deep it just came out as a novel, and so she let it be what it needed to be.

Poetry and prose both come from the same place for McNamara - an image. From there she builds her poem or her story. And the processes are very similar. She reads as much as she can, puts down a rough draft, and then rewrites and revises using the tools a writer of any genre would use. But her poetry definitely influences her prose. This is...

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