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Prairie Silence: 1001 Ideas


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A rural expatriate’s struggle to reconcile family, home, love, and faith with the silence of the prairie land and its people


Melanie Hoffert longs for her rural North Dakota home with its grain trucks and empty main streets. But like many, she followed the out-migration pattern to a more urban life. When she returns home during harvest to confront the silences that have kept her at arm’s length from her childhood community, she finds it’s not easy. When asked if she's found a “fella,” rather than explain that she dates women, she stops breathing and changes the subject. In this evocative memoir, Hoffert offers a deeply personal and poignant meditation on land and community, taking readers on a journey of self-acceptance and reconciliation.


About the Author

Melanie Hoffert grew up on a farm near Wyndmere, North Dakota, where she spent her childhood wandering gravel roads, listening to farmers at church potlucks, and daydreaming about impossible love. She has an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, and her work has appeared in several literary journals. She received the 2005 Creative Nonfiction Award from the Baltimore Review and the 2010 Creative Nonfiction Award from New Millennium Writings. Since 2008 she has worked for Teach For America as managing director of TFANet, the online social-networking hub for their corps members and alumni.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Allure of Grain Trucks

Chapter 2: Silent Prairie Beginnings

Chapter 3: Harvest Retreat

Chapter 4: When Love Gains a Face

Chapter 5: Rubbers and Nipples on the Farm

Chapter 6: The Last Kiss

Chapter 7: Yoga in the Air

Chapter 8: Born Again for the First Time

Chapter 9: Small-Town Tour

Chapter 10: The Boy

Chapter 11: Floating toward the Light

Chapter 12: Redheaded Redneck

Chapter 13: Bible Camp

Chapter 14: God’s Followers

Chapter 15: The Plainness of Holiness

Chapter 16: Grain Truck Apprenticeship

Chapter 17: Sheets and Lights

Chapter 18: Tiny Cowboy Town

Chapter 19: Flow

Chapter 20: The Last of the Barns

Epilogue: Going Home


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Hoffert, Melanie M
Beacon Press (MA)
Hoffert, Melanie
Hoffert, Melanie M.
Gay and Lesbian-General
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