Publisher: Grove Press
Like fellow debut sensation Isabella Hammad, Kelli Jo Ford won this year’s Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review for her story “Hybrid Vigor.” Judge Richard Ford said in his citation: “Kelli Jo Ford’s writing is a high priority and will only gain in the world’s esteem...[her work] contains beauty and unexpected new intelligence.” Similarly structured to Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine, Dylan Landis’s Normal People Don’t Live Like This, and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Crooked Hallelujah tells the story of a place through a family and vice-versa offering a blistering portrait of a mixed Native community and the impact of fundamentalist Christianity on generations of women. Will appeal to fans of Claire Vaye Watkins’ Battleborn, Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage, Tommy Orange’s There, There, Laura van den Berg’s The Isle of Youth, Brandon Hobson’s Where the Dead Sit Talking, Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing. Kelli Jo Ford is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the first in her family to graduate from college. Ford is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the Everett Southwest Literary Award, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize at Bread Loaf, a National Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and the Missouri Review Peden Prize. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, and the anthology Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, among other places. Grove will be bringing Kelli Jo Ford to Winter Institute. Blurbs from Louise Erdrich, Isabella Hammad, Terese Marie Mailhot, and David Treuer are forthcoming.