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Dolls Behaving Badly

Dolls Behaving Badly

Author(s): Cinthia Ritchie

Location(s): Anchorage

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Carla Richards is a lot of things: a weary waitress at Anchorage’s premiere dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo; an aspiring artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for the extra income; a divorcee who can’t quite detach from her ex-husband; and a stressed-out single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son Jay-Jay, her pregnant sister Laurel, and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager Stephanie.

One afternoon, surrounded by bills she can’t afford to pay, Carla finds inspiration and hope in the form of the “Oprah Giant” — an unusually tall woman who directs Oprah’s viewers to keep a diary and to commit themselves to paper every single day. “Your thoughts are gold — hold them up to the light and they shine,” she instructs. As Carla begins following the “Oprah Giant’s” advice, she soon realizes her life is filled with more potential and possibility than she ever dared to imagine. Her finances, her art career, and even her love life begin to improve. Yes, her sister might still be crazy and the occasional moose might still tear up the yard, but that’s okay. Perfection is overrated. And as long as she has her family, friends and her Polish grandmother’s traditional recipes, she has everything she needs to be happy.

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A hilarious and heartwarming debut novel about a single Mother living in Anchorage in a trailer park. Readable and thought provoking.

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021