Runaway: A Collection of Stories
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Runaway: A Collection of Stories

by Mary Clearman Blew
     
 
The stories in "Runaway" cast incidents in the lives of women and men in contemporary Montana in a glare of prairie daylight as they struggle with the weather, physical adversities, and the tatters of the myth of the West that shapes and often distorts their vision. Trying to break a horse to harness, learning to pilot a plane, surviving the metamorphosis of the West

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The stories in "Runaway" cast incidents in the lives of women and men in contemporary Montana in a glare of prairie daylight as they struggle with the weather, physical adversities, and the tatters of the myth of the West that shapes and often distorts their vision. Trying to break a horse to harness, learning to pilot a plane, surviving the metamorphosis of the West into the global village, comic and grim, Blew's characters draw upon their inner toughness to form their tentative bonds with one another.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 14 realistic stories set in the rural American West, Blew ( Lambing Out ) casts a candid but sympathetic eye on characters coming to terms with themselves and their family heritage. ``College Bound 1957'' features a high school senior who overcomes the scornful sexism of her counselor and wins a university scholarship. ``Album'' relates how a liberated young woman who views the narrow lives of her elderly female relatives with disdain has her assumptions shaken when they guide her through the past with a look at the family photo album. In ``I Beat the Midget,'' a boy driven beyond endurance by his father and a pony who won't be broken is horrified to discover the violence buried in his character. ``Sample's Crossing'' ends with a young man's sense of loss as he realizes that his family memories wax dimmer with the passing years. The title story describes a nun who returns to the ranch where she grew up, hoping that her confrontation with the life she renounced will lead to reconciliation. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780917652776
Publisher:
Confluence Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1990
Series:
Short Fiction Series
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.67(d)

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