Conjugations of the Verb To Be: Short Stories

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Open Road Media, Sep 6, 2011 - Fiction - 208 pages
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In one of Glen Chamberlain’s magnetic new stories, “Off the Road; or, The Perfect Curve Unfound,” the narrator sets off from Seattle for Michigan, “once again making the decision to leave before being left.” At Three Forks, Montana, a flight of geese take her off the road, into the Crazy Mountains, into a place the Indians consider one of the centers of the world, where she finds her own center. Each of the stories in this irresistible collection inhabits a center of the world, a piece of Montana country that she makes uniquely her own, whether she is writing about rearing Arabian horses, or building the three-generation history of a family around the evolution of hay-stacking, or ice-skating with Kate Brethwaite, the formidable physics teacher at Buckle High School, as she makes her increasingly exhausting journey by way of ice from a community skating place to her locked and forbidding home. Whether the stories are about living, loving or dying they inhabit the essences of their actions and compel the reader to view fresh terrains of the author’s rich and original imagination.

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User Review  - davidabrams - LibraryThing

In her debut collection of short stories, Conjugations of the Verb To Be, Glen Chamberlain stakes out her own distinct, well-imagined parcel of Montana land. Set in the fictional town of Buckle—“an ... Read full review

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User Review  - JackieBlem - LibraryThing

This is a wondrous collection of short stories, all but one about women, rural women for the most part, who are living life as best they can, with their quiet hopes and their everyday realities that ... Read full review


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The Tracks of Animals
Off the Road
Horse Thieves
Late Evening June 14
Romance Writer
A Mother Writes A Letter To Her Son
The Skater

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Glen Chamberlain has won a Pushcart Prize, the first Gilcrease Prize for fiction, and the Rona Jaffe Award for both fiction and creative nonfiction. The Rona Jaffe Award named her “one of the six most promising women writers in the nation.” She lives with her husband in Bozeman, Montana, where she teaches writing at Montana State University.

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