A Geography of Saints: A Memoir

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Zoland Books, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 263 pages
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A delightful western memoir, for readers who love Pam Houston and Melissa Banks.

"A Geography of Saints" is a fascinating and clear-eyed account of the author's first year caretaking a horse ranch outside Saints, Oregon. In language as terse as Tom McGuane, as wondrous as Rachel Carson, Penny Allen tells of challenges both natural and human: the predations of clear-cut logging, how the cult of Rajneeshpuram took over the town of Antelope, the crucial and ceaseless importance of water on the desert, the odd security provided by a reclusive Vietnam vet "on patrol"; in the forest, and the highs and lows of a love affair conducted in Big Sky country.

"Allen is a writer of extraordinary talent. A gem of a book." -Mary Dearborn

"Allen sculpts prose that is physical, melodically clear, and mesmerizingly dangerous." -Katherine Dunn

"A wonderful portrait of life in the high desert of Oregon. A very inspiring book."-Gus Van Sant

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Penny Allen is a filmmaker and writer living in Paris. She has written articles and book reviews for "The New York Times" and "The International Herald Tribune. A Geography of Saints" is her first book.

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An account of an unusual sojourn in the high desert of Oregon.Dotted by little Mormon towns and vast cattle ranches, the Oregon outback might seem an unlikely place for a Hollywood hopeful. Yet, after ... Read full review

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This memoir focuses on filmmaker Allen's experiences during a period of transition in her life. At that time, she meets Peter, a lawyer also seeking a new direction, and the two jump at an opportunity ... Read full review


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