Fiction. Winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award. A prison's visitation room; a veterinarian who understands the thoughts of animals; an Omaha police sergeant; a banking executive who consoles her dying friend; a librarian who sleeps with giraffes; an elegant grifter whose well-behaved grandsons disguise her sleight of hand thefts—all linked by the life of Iris Murphy.
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Maureen Millea Smith is the author of the novel, When Charlotte Comes Home, which won the Minnesota Book Award for Novel & Short Story in 2007. Her essay In Charlotte's Web was published in Minnesota Literature in December 2003 and was chosen as the winner of the 2003 Minnesota Literature essay contest. She won The Tartt's First Fiction Prize for a first collection of short fiction for THE ENIGMA OF IRIS MURPHY (Livingston Press, 2016). Author City: MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA