BLEW, MARY CLEARMAN.
Title Balsamroot: A Memoir.
Book Condition Softcover. Brand new book.
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 2001.
Seller ID 78896X1
Melding past and present into a moving narrative, Mary Clearman Blew imaginatively recreates the dry, dusty, sparsely populated Montana of the early homesteaders and of her aunt Imogene's young womanhood. Striving to understand why her aunt chose a life alone, away from the ranch where she grew up, Blew evokes the rigors of her own growing-up years. We witness her yearnings for independence and escape; her own choices regarding marriage, divorce, and single parenthood; and the poignant reconnection with her daughter. A rich and unforgettable blend of intimate reflection, diaries, history, and local legend, Balsamroot reveals one of our top writers at her most personal and compelling. 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. "Blew mines the repository of her aunt's memoirs and diaries, uncovering near-revelations that suggest Imogene's life was far from what it appeared to be. The memoir is energized by the search and by the author's connectedness to a Montana heritage."--Publishers Weekly "What an honest eye Mary Clearman Blew brings to the human condition. The true-dealing clarity of her words, her unsparing insight into our losses and loves that come with being children of the human race--her pages make your breath catch in recognition. Balsamroot, simply and utterly, is the strongest kind of book, family truths woven with artistic candor."--Ivan Doig "With precision, clarity, and devastating honesty, Blew sets before us the anguish of dementia in the aging for both the sufferer and her relatives. But the book is much larger because it deals with the shifting and interlocking relationships between women of three generations, the twining between ages. This is a magnificent book which slips its hand deep into the souls of three women."--Karen Swenson
(Key Words: Memoirs, Mary Clearman Blew).