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In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country

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Poet Kim Barnes grew up in northern Idaho, in the isolated camps where her father worked as a logger and her mother made a modest but comfortable 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-1960's, as automation and a declining economy drove more and more loggers out of the wilderness and into despair, Kim's father dug in and determined to stay. It was then the family turned fervently toward Pentecostalism. It was then things changed.

In the Wilderness is the poet's own account of a journey toward adulthood against an interior landscape every bit as awesome, as beautiful, and as fraught with hidden peril as the great forest itself. It is a story of how both faith and geography can shape the heart and soul, and of the uncharted territory we all must enter to face our demons. Above all, it is the clear-eyed and moving account of a young woman's coming of terms with her family, her homeland, her spirituality, and herself.

In presenting Kim Barnes the 1995 PENJerard Fund Award for a work-in-progress by an emerging female writer, the panel of judges wrote that "In the Wilderness is far more than a personal memoir," adding that it stands "almost as a cautionary example of the power of good prose to distinguish whatever it touches." Indeed, In the Wilderness is an extraordinary work, courageous, candid, and exquisitely written.

About the Author

Kim Barnes is the author of two memoirs and two previous novels, including A Country Called Home, which received the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award in fiction and was named a best book of 2008 by the Washington Post, the Kansas City Star, and the Oregonian. She is the recipient of the PEN/Jerard Fund Award for an emerging woman writer of nonfiction, and her first memoir, In the Wilderness, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has appeared in a number of publications and anthologies, including the New York Times; MORE magazine; O,The Oprah Magazine; Good Housekeeping; Fourth Genre; the Georgia Review; Shenandoah; and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Barnes is a professor of writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385478212
Author:
Barnes, Kim
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Pentecostalism
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Nature study
Subject:
Regional Subjects - West
Subject:
Wilderness areas
Subject:
Idaho
Subject:
Women poets, American
Subject:
Family -- Idaho.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
104-567
Publication Date:
19970231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.08x5.36x.61 in. .44 lbs.

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