Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | November 9, 2015

November 9, 2015 “Mothers, Tell Your Daughters” Host Brenda Starr Talks With Author Bonnie Jo Campbell About Her New Book & The Complex Inner Lives Of Rural, Working Class Women

To Be Female Is To Fight All Kinds Of Trouble With All Kinds Of Strength

Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a keen observer of life and trouble in rural images-1America, and her working-class protagonists can be at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny. The strong but flawed women of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters must negotiate a sexually charged atmosphere as they love, honor, and betray one another against the backdrop of all the men in their world. Such richly fraught mother-daughter relationships can be lifelines, anchors, or they can sink a woman like a stone.

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s writing has been described as like: rusted razor blades, damaged but still sharp enough to draw blood. Her stories in Mothers, Tell Your Daughters capture the way power&weakness, sadness&hilarity, love&hate meld together and ignite our lives.

Inspired by folks in her hometown of Comstock, Michigan, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters is the latest book of short stories. Her other works include: Once Upon a River, Q Road ,and Women and Other Animals. Bonnie Jo was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction for her critically acclaimed short-story collection American Salvage.


Bonnie Jo Campbell teaches fiction at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon in the low-residency MFA program. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband, raises mules, practices Koburyu kobudo, and has led adventures tours in Russia and the Baltics.

For more info on Bonnie Jo visit

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