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A “luminescent” collection of stories about nine Southern women from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Keepers of the House ( The New York Times ).
The nine namesake women of this collection come from widely disparate worlds, from isolated bayou towns to New Orleans high society. All, however, struggle with grief, longing, and hope.   In “Widows Walk,” Myra Rowland tries to make sense of life after the death of her husband. “In the Beginning” depicts a daughter trying to understand her own mother’s determination to raise her up from abject poverty. “Ending,” meanwhile, tells of a…mehr

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A “luminescent” collection of stories about nine Southern women from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Keepers of the House (The New York Times).

The nine namesake women of this collection come from widely disparate worlds, from isolated bayou towns to New Orleans high society. All, however, struggle with grief, longing, and hope.
 
In “Widows Walk,” Myra Rowland tries to make sense of life after the death of her husband. “In the Beginning” depicts a daughter trying to understand her own mother’s determination to raise her up from abject poverty. “Ending,” meanwhile, tells of a couple whose union dissolves just as their daughter marries. In many cases, these protagonists are struggling to accept the sudden loss of life and love in a land teeming with both.
 
In this unforgettable volume, one of America’s most masterful storytellers writes with an eye for the female experience and the teeming diversity of life in the Deep South. “Grau’s tremendous powers of description, ability to conjure atmosphere, and impeccable prose elevate her to the top tier of American short story stylists” (Booklist).
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Shirley Ann Grau, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
 
 
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Open Road Media
  • Seitenzahl: 204
  • Erscheinungstermin: 10.04.2012
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781453247228
  • Artikelnr.: 37901007
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<DIV>Shirley Ann Grau (b. 1929) is a Pulitzer Prize&ndash;winning novelist of nine novels and short story collections, whose work is set primarily in her native South. Grau was raised in Alabama and Louisiana, and many of her novels document the broad social changes of the Deep South during the twentieth century, particularly as they affected African Americans. Grau&rsquo;s first novel, <i>The Hard Blue Sky</i> (1958), about the descendants of European pioneers living on an island off the coast of Louisiana, established her as a master of vivid description, both for characters and locale,a style she maintained throughout her career. Her public profile rose during the civil rights movement, when her dynastic novel <i>Keepers of the House</i> (1964), which dealt with race relations in Alabama, earned her a Pulitzer Prize. <BR></div>
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“Miss Grau is blessed with the ability to sympathize so readily with her characters—or so fully imagine the geography of their hearts—that she seems able to write from within their own skins and to shift gears from one point of view to another without ever breaking the rhythm of her tale. In the finest stories in this collection, she uses these gifts to give her heroines’ dilemmas the rounded wholeness of a carefully wrought piece of sculpture—delineating their own feelings as well as the effect their emotions and actions have on those around them.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“Grau’s books are always an occasion for celebration. . . . [Her] sensibility has an amazing range.” —Publishers Weekly
 
Praise for Shirley Ann Grau
“The only unfortunate thing about Grau’s stories is precisely that they are short—each is a glimpse of landscapes both interior and exterior that ends too soon.” —The New York Times
 
“In her low-key but forceful way, Grau writes about themes that transcend time and place.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post