Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers

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Kim Barnes, Mary Clearman Blew
Penguin Books, 1994 - Fiction - 400 pages
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In this powerful collection of poems, stories, and essays, editors Kim Barnes and Mary Clearman Blew bring together a striking array of work by women who have lived in-and been shaped, strengthened, and scarred by--the Rocky Mountain West. Though the tales they tell are different, these writers share the struggle against the overwhelming isolation brought on by gender and physical environment; the desire to live in harmony with a landscape that is at once beautiful and threatening; and the impulse to give witness to the lives of women in a part of the United States where the stories and myths have traditionally been by and about men.

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CIRCLE OF WOMEN: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers

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The landscape and culture of the American West has long been associated with reticent, leathery-skinned men. Whether signified by the Marlboro Man's billboard squint or evoked by the contemporary herd ... Read full review

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The editors have selected short stories, poems, essays, and excerpts from novels that present women's perceptions of the American Rocky Mountain West. These pieces, by writers as diverse as Tess ... Read full review


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About the author (1994)

Kim Barnes is the author of "In the Wilderness", which was a 1997 Pulitzer Prize finalist, & the winner of the PEN/Jerard Fund Award, awarded biennially to a woman writer early in her career for a work-in-progress of general nonfiction. She lives with her husband & three children in Lenore, Idaho.

Mary Clearman Blew is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Idaho, Moscow. She is the author of Bone Deep in Landscape, Balsamroot: A Memoir, Lambing Out And Other Stories (University of Oklahoma Press) and Sister Coyote: Montana Stories and is coeditor of Circle of Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women's Writing.

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