In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country

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Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, 1996 - Social Science - 257 pages
Poet Kim Barnes grew up in Northern Idaho, in the isolated camps where her father worked as a logger and her mother made a home for her husband and two children. Their lives were short on material wealth, but long on the riches of family and friendship, and the great sheltering power of the wilderness. But in the mid-1960s, as automation and a declining economy drove more and more loggers out of the wilderness and into despair, Kim's father dug in, determined to stay. It was then the family turned fervently toward Pentecostalism. It was then things changed.
In the Wilderness is the story of this poet's journey toward adulthood, set against an interior landscape every bit as awesome, as wondrous, and as fraught with hidden peril as the great Idaho forest itself. It is an examination of how both geography and faith can shape the heart and soul, and of the uncharted territory we must all enter to face our own demons. It is the clear-eyed and deeply moving story of a young woman's coming to terms with her family, her homeland, her spirituality, and herself.

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A donation to my OBCZ that I chose to try to read because I'm curious about people who choose to be fundamentalist Christians. I did get some insight about that. Some of the language, especially after ... Read full review

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Kim Barnes grew up in a part of Idaho within a short drive of the part of Idaho where I spent my summers. The Idaho she knew was of the loggers, and the rivers, and hunting in the woods, small towns ... Read full review


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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.

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