Synopses & Reviews
From the author of the critically acclaimed In the Wilderness
comes a riveting new narrative of self-discovery and personal triumph. Hungry for the World
is the story of how an intelligent and passionate young woman, yearning for an understanding of the world beyond her insular family life, found her way.
On the day of her 1976 high school graduation in Lewiston, Idaho, Kim Barnes decided she could no longer abide the patriarchal domination of family and church. After a disagreement with her father a logger and fervent adherent to the Pentecostal Christian faith she gathered her few belongings and struck out on her own. She had no skills and no funds, but she had the courage and psychological sturdiness to make her way, and to eventually survive the influence of a man whose dominance was of a different and more menacing sort. Hungry for the World is a classic story of the search for knowledge and its consequences, both dire and beautiful.
"[A] well-crafted memoir....Whether she is recreating the drama of her struggles or conjuring the Idaho wilderness in lyrical passages, Barnes writes beautifully." Publishers Weekly
"A work thats a powerful cross....At its best, Barnes has given American literature its first cowgirl classic. At its worst, we have soft-core porn for English majors." Kirkus Reviews
"[B]eautifully written...[Barnes describes] her ordeal powerfully." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times Book Review
"Candid but dignified, this is a profoundly disturbing story...and Barnes tells it with consummate skill, courage, and generosity, transforming her pain into an antidote for others." Donna Seaman, Booklist
"[Barnes] fails to draw deep parallels among her life choices, which makes it difficult to empathize with problems that she seems to bring on herself. Not recommended." Library Journal
"It is refreshing to read such a moving story of human regeneration." Fort Worth Star Telegram
About the Author
Kim Barnes's In the Wilderness was awarded the PEN/Jerard Fund Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. Her stories and poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Georgia Review and Shenandoah. She lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, and their children above the Clearwater River in Idaho.