07 May 2012

Princesses of Iowa Media Round-Up

The Princesses of Iowa comes out TOMORROW! Happy almost-birthday, little book.

For your bored-at-work amusement, here are some articles & interviews about the book and me. Let's just say I'm glad the Wisconsin State Journal reporter didn't mention the part of our interview where I had to stop & retrieve a half-decomposed rat carcass from my dog's mouth.

Wisconsin State Journal: Q & A with M. Molly Backes

As a former English teacher, M. Molly Backes knows that all readers yearn for a happy ending. But life doesn’t always wrap up like the end of a Baby-sitters Club book....

Backes describes the book’s structure as a sort of “reverse Cinderella story” about a senior in high school trying to be the person she wants to be and not the person everyone else wants her to be....

The next time someone tells you that Iowa is flat, make them do a Google image search for “driftless area Iowa” and then stand over their shoulder screaming “ISN’T IT SO BEAUTIFUL????” 

A reviewer (who just happened to be a former student) described the book as a love letter to writing, and I think it’s an apt description....

Chicago Sun-Times Hot Chicago Writer Blog: April's Hot Writer M. Molly Backes
“You are brilliant and subtle if you come from Iowa and really strange and you live as you live and you are always very well taken care of if you are from Iowa.” – Gertrude Stein

1 comment:

Erin O'Brien said...


I discovered your book after searching "Iowa" on Omaha Public Library's website! (I work for OPL.)

I am an Iowa girl, through and through. I have lived in Chicago, Tallahassee, and Los Angeles, and am thrilled to be back in my home town of Council Bluffs. Iowa has to be my favorite.

Can't wait to read your book... may do so on my husband's and my Thanksgiving trek across Iowa to his parents' place in N. Illinois.

Feel free to e-mail me anytime to chat Iowa! (erin dot obrien at me dot com)