“Compliments” by Erin McGraw

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A group of 15 Freshman sit in a group exercise, giving one another compliments. As the other participants go down the line, the narrator makes up alternatives for the perky sparkly barrette wearing girl in front. Eventually it's her turn, and there really are no compliments left worth having. Or so she figures.


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About the Author
Born and raised in Redondo Beach, California, Erin McGraw now lives in rural Tennessee with her husband, the poet Andrew Hudgins. Her newest novel, Better Food for a Better World, was published in 2013 by Slant Books. Before that she published The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard (a novel), The Good Life (stories), The Baby Tree (a novel), Lies of the Saints (stories, and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996), and Bodies at Sea (stories). Her short work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Good Housekeeping, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, STORY, The Georgia Review, and many others.
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