Winter's Edge

Winter's Edge

by Valerie Miner
     
 

Set in one block of the San Francisco’s tenderloin district in the late 1970s, Winter's Edge centers around the lives of two older, working-class women: Chrissie MacInnes, a tough, outspoken, Scottish-born waitress, and the more subdued Margaret Sawyer, a clerk in a news shop. When a local political election threatens their neighborhood with

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Set in one block of the San Francisco’s tenderloin district in the late 1970s, Winter's Edge centers around the lives of two older, working-class women: Chrissie MacInnes, a tough, outspoken, Scottish-born waitress, and the more subdued Margaret Sawyer, a clerk in a news shop. When a local political election threatens their neighborhood with gentrification, it also threatens their friendship: Chrissie fights fiercely for her values and her home, while Margaret tries not to “get involved.” But when the election battle leads to arson and violence, they join forces to find the culprit—and in the process, find the courage to re-examine their pasts, face their fears for the future, and affirm the importance of friendship and of community.

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"Chrissie and Margaret are beautifully drawn characters, full of prickly yearnings and well-practiced defenses against the stacked deck of life. . . . Miner's tough, spare prose turns wonderfully eloquent . . . with an integrity that celebrates a special kind of affection." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Miner is a writer of reach, audacity, range, uniquely important to understanding our time. . . . A poet of the city, the everyday urban life, she gives us its beat, its struggling human beings, its work life, its politics, its interrelationships; best of all, its old women on the edge of survival. . . . A U.S.A. seldom portrayed." —Tillie Olsen, author of Silences

"In Winter's Edge, Valerie Miner brings us two wonderful old women whose relationship is feisty, tender, and deep. No fluff about senior citizens here! In the whole novel we live close to the marrow of humanity itself, its sordid side never evaded, its rich amalgam celebrated with fervor. What a splendid novel this is!" —May Sarton, author of Journal of a Solitude

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Friendship, politics and social consciousness are the issues raised in this story of two elderly women living in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Chrissie MacInnes and Margaret Sawyer have been close friends for years. Chrissie is the more outspoken and aggressive of the pair, while Margaret takes a passive role in life. A hotly contested local election raises Chrissie's political awareness as she encourages Margaret to be more active in their community. Margaret continues to view the action from the sidelines until an act of violence leaves her no choice but to become directly involved. At the same time, she forms a romantic attachment to an eligible bachelor, placing a strain on her relationship with Chrissie. Depressing at times and certainly no lightweight, this book takes a thought-provoking look at human nature. November

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558611504
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
1ST FEMINI
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
16 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Valerie Miner is a novelist, journalist, and professor. She is the award-winning author of fourteen books.

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