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Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Boston University and Grub Street. She has published fiction in Confrontation, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best New American Voices, among others. She has been a Bread Loaf Writer's Conference scholar, the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and in 2005 the winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. She was born in Ames, Iowa, the granddaughter of four longtime farming families.

"Our Little Bertha," published in the June 2010 issue of The Drum, recounts her discovery of her great-grandmother's journal, the document which she later used to inspire her novel, The Quickening (2010, Other Press). Learn more at

Audio Stories by MICHELLE HOOVER

The Quickening

Our Little Bertha