Penny, n. A definition: 1) A one-cent coin equal to one hundredth of a dollar; 2) A blue-skirted, soon-to-be thirty-year-old, champagne-swilling, high-rise-dwelling lounge singer; 3) A hopeful and lonely woman in love; 4) The object of a depressive and manic lexicographer's angst and affection; 5) A trivial amount; 6) A slave or servant; 7) An Itty-Bitty-Kitty-Keeper, a Yuppy-puppy, a Munchkin or Muffin; 8) Bridey's maid-of-honor; 9) A mother's pretty wonder; 10) A love-sick story of worth and worry.
Penny, n. is a finalist for the 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award.
Madeline McDonnell is the author of There Is Something Inside, It Wants To Get Out (Rescue Press, 2010), a collection of three stories, and Penny, n. (Rescue Press, 2013), a novella/lexicographic experiment. Other stories have recently appeared in Harvard Review,Kenyon Review Online, and CutBank. A former lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she teaches creative writing in New York City and Iowa City.