Author Profile: Mary Miller is an American fiction writer, novelist and short story writer.
Name: Mary Miller
2009 – Big World
2014 – The Last Days of California
2017 - Always Happy Hour: Stories by Mary Miller
2019 – Biloxi: A Novel
Background: Mary Miller was born on 9th June 1977 in Jackson, Mississippi, United States. She is 42 years old. She completed her education at The University of Texas at Austin. Mary Miller is a graduate of the Michener Centre for Writers at the University of Texas. Mary Miller is a former James A. Michener Fellow in Fiction at the University of Text and John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at Ole Miss. She is on faculty at the low-residency MFA program at Mississippi and resides currently on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Genre: Mary Miller’s genre is coming-of-age. Author, Mary Miller is both a wise old soul as well as a fresh new voice. The Last Days of California, her debut novel is a road trip story written from the perspective of a teenager. The novel gives a stimulating, moving and funny look at the culture in America. She ensures to make her presence felt, for a long time, being a writer.
Literary Contributions: A number of newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and Oprah’s Book Club recommended, Last Days of California, have recommended, Mary Miller’s book, The Last Days of California. Big World has sold three thousand copies by January 2014 and the initial print run of Last Days of California was 25000.
Unique Stylistic Features: The Last Days of California, Mary Miller’s debut novel was published by Liveright. It is one of her most notable works. The Last Days of California, her debut novel is about a 14 year old girl on a family road trip, from South to California. Her evangelical father leads the trip.
The book has been described as a ‘terrific first novel’ by Laurie Muchnick, book critic of New York Times. According to Laura Pearson, critic, Chicago Tribune, the book had ‘vivid but uncluttered prose pitched perfectly to the observations and attitudes of a teenage girl gone adrift. A mixed review was given for the book by critic Sam of Wall Street Journal where he feels dissatisfied that Mary Miller’s insight into the characters failed to extend to the subject of religious belief.
Mary Miller has authored two collections of short stories entitled, Always Happy Hour and Big World.