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Bitterroot Landing

Bitterroot Landing

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by Sheri Reynolds
     
 

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For all those who loved Bastard out of Carolina, here is a powerful new voice in women's literature--and a heroine readers will never forget. Jael is a survivor. She will survive even River Bill. The voices she hears--voices of women both real and imagined--will make her stronger every day. And one day she will understand that they were all a part of what will become

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For all those who loved Bastard out of Carolina, here is a powerful new voice in women's literature--and a heroine readers will never forget. Jael is a survivor. She will survive even River Bill. The voices she hears--voices of women both real and imagined--will make her stronger every day. And one day she will understand that they were all a part of what will become her own voice.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reynold's first novel is an original, lyrically written tale about an incest survivor's recovery. By age 21, Jael has experienced the loss of her guardian, whom she accidentally killed 10 years earlier; sexual abuse by the man who subsequently adopted her; and abandonment by another in the swampy, Southern backwoods setting. Educated by her guardian and on her own, Jael is utterly unprepared for the wider world she finally enters. A social worker, a survivor's group and the inhabitants of a local church community ease her move into society and her gradual understanding of what has happened to her. Reynolds makes minimal use of the psychological jargon of victimization; Jael, quirky and dead sure of her instincts, is a beautifully realized character. The novel's suggestion of an almost mythic female spiritual power, and the abundance of religious imagery, including the presence in the village of the Madonna, is occasionally tiresome, and the male characters are not as fleshed-out as the female ones. Still, Reynolds aims high and just about hits the bull's-eye, displaying a self-assurance and a taste for moral and social issues that make her debut a most welcome one. Literary Guild alternate. (Jan.) Mystery
Library Journal
Sexual abuse has become such a familiar staple of mysteries and other fiction that its central place in this slender first novel is no surprise. What is surprising is how it becomes a spiritual catalyst for Jael, a victim whose search for peace leads her beyond the comfort of professional therapy. Opening and closing her story with the antiphonal "Gods change colors and spin themselves new garments every day," Jael communes with spirit voices, meets real people, and risks friendships to find new ways to worship what is familiar and divine. Reynolds transforms an abased and self-mutilating girl into a mystical avatar able to radiate her godly attributes. This transformation is achieved without romanticizing the gritty realness of her life. She is poor and rough, and her harsh life is accurately portrayed. Yet, in her thoughts and actions, Jael is given a lyrical and convincing expressiveness. For fiction collections needing fresh visions of contemporary themes.-Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425162460
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.41(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Sheri Reynolds was born in rural South Carolina and now lives in Virginia. She has taught English at Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, and The College of William and Mary. She is at work on a new novel.

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