Bio: Jane Bradley has received a NEA Fellowship and several other awards for her fiction. Her collection of stories Power Lines, was published by the University of Arkansas Press and listed as an Editorís Choice in The New York Times. She is also an award winning playwright, and is currently teaching creative writing at The University of Toledo, working on various writing projects, and traveling whenever she has the chance.
Little Shirley lives in a bewildering home inhabited by her mother, her sister, a younger brother, relatives, a number of "Daddies" and an assortment of people who pass through her house. Retreating from this world of exploitation and pain, she pretends that she is a living doll, a perfect Shirley Temple. She carefully constructs an inner life of Barbie dolls, pet cemeteries, and a constant winning smile. But as the years progress, Shirley yearns for a better and different world, and with courag... more info>>