by Robin Hann
142 pages, Paper,
Publication date: April 2, 2007
About Corrina Wycoff
Readings & Appearances
by Corrina Wycoff
Raised in poverty by a schizophrenic single mother who self-medicates with heroin, Elizabeth Dinard’s childhood was fraught with emotional and financial insecurity and dark exploitations. Now living a fragmented and desperate adulthood, Elizabeth continually attempts to outrun her brutal past, but proves unable to let go of her love for the charismatic, lawless mother who continues to haunt her. This debut collection of tightly linked stories introduces two of the most memorable characters in contemporary fiction, and Elizabeth’s gritty determination to survive—to simply exist—is an enormous, if bittersweet victory.
“O Street makes you think of great writers in strange combinations:
Dreiser and Welty; Wright and McCullers; Joan Didion and Stephen Crane. It’s been a
long time since I’ve seen naturalism this honest, accurate and unapologetic.
…None of this ‘emerging writer’ stuff—this writer is here.“
“In O Street, Corrina Wycoff paints a harrowing portrait of familial pain, mental illness, and the sometimes cruel tenacity of love. Hers is a world, undone, through which mothers and daughters falter and fall, yet Wycoff never lets us forget the redemptive power these women hold for each other.”
When love and anger live together in a bottomless hole, the only
way to escape one is to also give up the other. Stripped of sentimentality
and sanguinity, Corrina Wycoff ’s O Street is a relentless
stare into the dark yawn of brutality. From her birth through early
adulthood, Elizabeth Dinard follows her mentally-ill mother into
the dark extremities of an at-best confusing, often tortured, always
indissoluable relationship. This is White Oleander blown
into A Million Little Pieces.