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This companion volume to the award-winning anthology, When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, illuminates the experiences of women, young and old, reflecting on the choices they have made. In these stories and poems we see how women

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This companion volume to the award-winning anthology, When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, illuminates the experiences of women, young and old, reflecting on the choices they have made. In these stories and poems we see how women

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lacking the eccentricity and distinctiveness of its bestselling predecessor, When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple (on women and aging), also edited by Martz, this new volume on the theme of the choices women make throughout their lives is simplistic at best. The language of most stories and poems here is uninventive and often cliched; themes are staid. ``A child is growing somewhere / in this weary world, / an innocent unwary / of emotions shattered,'' writes Shirley Vogler Meister in a sing-song, rhyming poem about adoption; and the narrator of Stephany Brown's story, whose boyfriend promptly enlisted in the Army when at 16 she told him she was pregnant, says that ``having his baby is still the best thing I ever did.'' Too many of these pieces have haunting echoes of a campaign for Family Values. Reading these pages, one would assume women no longer make choices other than having children vs. having an abortion, marriage vs. divorce, or which boy to date. A few excellent tidbits--Janice Levy's story about a Mexican woman entering the U.S. illegally and working as a maid or Pat Schneider's poem about a sister choosing to be a nun--are not enough to make this volume worth reading. 70,000 first printing. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780918949844
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Kay Martz founded Papier-Mache Press in 1984. Papier-Mache Press was known for publishing accessible books which presented important social issues through enduring works of beauty, grace, and strength, and created a bridge of understanding between the mainstream audience and those who might not otherwise be heard. As an editor and publisher, she has compiled several successful Papier-Mache Press anthologies including If I Had My Life to Live Over I Would Pick More Daisies, and I Am Becoming the Woman I've Wanted, a book that explores the powerful feelings women have about their bodies.

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Table of Contents

If I Had My Life to Live Over 1
Requiem 2
Loving Jerry 3
Small Life 8
Broken Vows 10
A Palsied Girl Goes to the Beach 18
The Keeper of Spaces 21
Adoption 22
The Sacrifice 24
Holy Places 27
Morning News 37
Getting Ready 39
Spiderplant 43
Life Support 44
Art As Life 48
Resume 50
Mother Land 51
A Woman's Choice 52
Maire, Who Feeds the Wild Cat? 54
Imaginary Bonds 57
The Scorpion Wore Pink Shoes 58
Good Intentions 68
Sunspots 69
On the Nature of Sin 70
The Woven Wall 83
White Horses 84
October Fire 94
One Last Time 95
It Is Enough 107
Five Years Later 109
Praying in the Dark 110
A Weaver 111
Orchards and Supermarkets 112
Divorce 114
Vietnam 115
Getting On with It 116
Cauliflower Beach 117
The first time I married 127
Good-Bye Prince Charming 128
Old Friend Sends a Chain Letter 130
Woman 132
The Choice 133
Bittersweet 134
Forbidden Lover 135
The Life I Didn't Live 136
Swamp 137
Amazing Grace 147
If I Could Begin Again 161
Shopping Expedition 162
Hot Flash 167
On Loving a Younger Man 170
Ripening 171
Eating Cantaloupe 173
The Woman with the Wild-Grown Hair 174
Strawberries 175
Old Women's Choices 186
Dearest Margaret 187
Shrinking Down 190
Keepsakes 192
Counterpoint 198
Salamanders 199
Advice to Beginners 205
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