lished fiction includes three novels: In Country (1985), Spence + Lila (1988) and Feather Crowns (1993), along with two short story collections: Shiloh and Other Stories (1982) and Love Life (1989). She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award. Her other honors include the Southern Book Award, the 's short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's and the Paris Review, among others. Her pub- Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Arts Council. She is currently finishing a nonfiction book about her family's farm, to be published in 1998. She lives and writes in Kentucky. months during 1997 by The Missouri Review staff. This interview was conducted by correspondence over a period of several Interviewer: How did your background, growing up on a Kentucky dairy farm in the forties and fifties, contribute to your becoming a writer? Mason: It was a somewhat isolated social setting, although we lived tious, and the allure of the worlds that came in over the radio also close enough
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1997
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