The Wedding Dress and Other Short Stories

The Wedding Dress and Other Short Stories

by Carrie Young
     
 
Carrie Young's widely acclaimed Nothing To Do But Stay was a powerful and moving testament to her mother, who, at age twenty-five, set out for the Western North Dakota prairies to homestead 160 acres alone. Now, with The Wedding Dress, this extraordinary author goes back to the same time and place to bring us seven unforgettable tales of fiction

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Carrie Young's widely acclaimed Nothing To Do But Stay was a powerful and moving testament to her mother, who, at age twenty-five, set out for the Western North Dakota prairies to homestead 160 acres alone. Now, with The Wedding Dress, this extraordinary author goes back to the same time and place to bring us seven unforgettable tales of fiction spanning the century from its first decade through the dust bowl to the early 1980's, these are stories that celebrate the profound dignity of ordinary lives as they reflect the tremendous storytelling gifts of a master of her craft.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The seven tales in Young's winning fiction debut transport readers to the North Dakota plains in the first half of this century to tell of the mostly Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded there. Morals are clearly defined, and the Dust Bowl is remembered with trepidation. Young ( Nothing to Do but Stay: My Pioneer Mother ) emphasizes relationships among the characters; slight or profound, friendly or embittered, these connections take on the utmost importance in the small community of Little Butte. A man is shot for dating two barmaids in a single evening (``Bank Night''); a woman becomes a midwife by default (``The Nights of Ragna Rundhaug''); two brothers must marry two sisters after they keep them out all night (``The Sins of the Fathers''). In the title story, a wedding dress is lent to many brides over the years until its owner, who never wore it in life, wears it in death. The leisurely narratives match the pace of the subjects' lives, and the author's warm, straightforwardly charming style falls within a classic storytelling tradition. (Aug.)
Library Journal
This collection of seven outstanding short stories deserves a wide audience. Set in the Dakota Plains of the 1930s, they map the emotional lives and day-to-day struggles of the Norwegian American settlers of that harsh land. Rural in subject matter, yet warm, compassionate, and timeless in theme, Young's stories capture the slow unfolding of the seasons: seasons of marrying, childbearing, romance, unrequited love, and unexpected turns of fate and the human heart. These tales are subtle, powerful, and totally readable. There is no moralizing or dull preaching here--just wonderful fiction, luminous and life giving. Young's 1991 collection of personal essays Nothing To Do but Stay (Univ. of Iowa Pr., 1991) was named a Best Book of 1991 by School Library Journal ; this volume, aimed at adults, should be in the running for 1992. Highly recommended.--Linda L. Rome, Middlefield P.L., Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385318990
Publisher:
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
4.94(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.50(d)

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