Martha Moody

German edition in print and e-book to be reissued in 2016 by Fischer Verlag.

Other rights, including English, available from the author. Published 1995.

Reviews for Martha Moody

"Susan Stinson's deceptively svelte-seeming story is a lush comic masterpiece: a totally convincing celebration of the combined erotic power of untrammelled female flesh, forbidden sex and unleashed words." - Mail on Sunday, London

"Martha Moody, is a rich and complicated novel, nearly edible in its sensuous physicality." Sojourner

"...Stinson's follow-up to the utterly fantastic Fat Girl Dances with Rocks is so bloody good it made me want to run naked through a meadow..." - Time Out, London

" we have a story of love spurned, uncommonly well told, in language that is rich and strange, erotic and fanciful. Set against the backdrop of Western frontier life, it's a powerful tale of seeming betrayal, and the value of friendships between women. The best book yet from The Women's Press." Gay Times, London

"Stinson's celebration of the love and friendship of women deserves a larger audience than one made up of only lesbian feminists." Booklist

"One of Stinson's triumphs is to make Amanda's fairy-tale success as a writer seem completely plausible amid the vivid depiction of the grime and hard work of her life as first a farmer's wife, then a single woman struggling to survive on the small homestead." Margot Livesey, Scotland On Sunday

"...remarkable story...Amanda's fictional Martha is a wild and magical creature who churns clouds into butter with her magnificent thights and flies on the back of a fabulous winged cow." Bay Area Reporter

"Susan Stinson writes as though she means every word to be tasted, savoured." Women's Library Newsletter

"...a jewel...Martha Moody is magnificent. She is unashamedly fat and she is beautiful, dignified and desirable. She will take her place in modern literature as a truly marvellous role model for large women. Never before have I encountered the large body depicted with such beauty." Shelley Bovey, Yes Magazine, UK

Selected Works

From Small Beer Press! "Like Jonathan Edwards, Stinson reads the natural world as well as Scripture, searching for meaning. But instead of the portents of an angry god, what she finds there is something numinous, complicated, and radiantly human." -Alison Bechdel
Single minded, indomitable Carline is on a fast bus to Texas. This is one ride you won't want to miss." -Alison Smith
I can think of no-one who writes with more love, passion, and precision about the pleasures of the body and the pleasures of the soul, and that nebulous intersection of body and soul.-Elizabeth McCracken
Susan Stinson's first novel is full of big, beautiful language and her main character, Char, is one of the best teenaged heroines I've ever met.-Judith Katz
Blog Posts
Blog posts about being Writer in Residence at Forbes Library
Letter to my young, queer self. As seen on The View.
Novel Excerpts
Blog Posts
Essays on Teaching as Community; Jonathan Edwards; Henry James; Fiction and Misdirection; and Poetry in Northampton for the Public Humanist, hosted by the Massachusetts Humanities Council.


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