The Me Years

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About the author:
Ellen Finnigan was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Creative Nonfiction from The University of Montana, where she won the Merriam-Frontier Award, given to one student each year for distinguished achievement in writing. She was formerly a columnist for The Journal Newspapers in Washington D.C., and she occasionally contributes essays to The Me Years is her first book. Visit her at

The Me Years

Authored by Ellen Finnigan
Cover design or artwork by Maureen Cavanaugh

Ellen Finnigan embarked on her twenties in the first years of the 21st century, at the crest of third wave feminism, at the height of the chick-lit craze. If chick-lit is about jobs and boys, and all Catholic books are about, as Walker Percy once said, "screwing and God," then this is a spiritual autobiography in which the critical questions of the "me years" (about jobs, boys, screwing and God) are dramatized when a Catholic-ish "good girl" in the midst of a quarter life (existential) crisis falls for a Nietzsche-quoting "bad guy" and self-described hedonist. As they carry on an illicit office romance in the absurd corporate culture of a failing start-up, and he tries to convert her to bohemianism, she is forced to doubt and examine herself and her own weakly held convictions, until eventually questions of faith loom above all, and a serious reckoning is at hand.

"'I would like to fit your face to your search,' Flannery O'Connor told a writer who, having met her once, sent her a series of anguished letters about his crisis of faith. Ellen Finnigan's book is true to her search, and the advantage of her approach is that the reader sees the searching author up close and in crisis rather than in settled retrospect."

----Paul Elie, author of THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN

Publication Date:
0615530842 / 9780615530840
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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