Wrestling with the Angel: Women Reclaiming their Lives

Overview

Collected here for the first time are the voices of such established writers as Margaret Atwood, Myrna Kostash, Sandra Birdsell, Sarah Murphy and Sharon Butala, but also the voices of those appearing in print for the first time such as Yasmin Ladha, Lia Pas and Lea Littlewolfe. From seasoned to youthful, all the writers here wrestle with confusion, dread, anger, fear or doubt. And all discover a wellspring of courage and honesty that allows them to carry on. Whether it's probing the chaos and terror of being shot...

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Overview

Collected here for the first time are the voices of such established writers as Margaret Atwood, Myrna Kostash, Sandra Birdsell, Sarah Murphy and Sharon Butala, but also the voices of those appearing in print for the first time such as Yasmin Ladha, Lia Pas and Lea Littlewolfe. From seasoned to youthful, all the writers here wrestle with confusion, dread, anger, fear or doubt. And all discover a wellspring of courage and honesty that allows them to carry on. Whether it's probing the chaos and terror of being shot at, as Sarah Murphy does in "The Night the Thirty-Ought-Six Got Shot through the Ceiling," or it's coming to terms with loss after being widowed twice, as Eunice Scarfe does in "No Time to Die." Wrestling with the Angel celebrates women whose own sense of grace becomes a purity of spirit that reinvigorates their lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780889952010
  • Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/10/2002
  • Series: Anthologies Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor Caterina Edwards is the author of Whiter Shade of Pale: Becoming Emma and The Lion's Mouth. Her writing also has been widely anthologized in such publications as Getting Here, The Story So Far and More Stories from Western Canada. She has taught literature and writing courses for post-secondary institutions in Canada and lectured on Canadian literature and multiculturalism at universities in Venice, Trieste, Udine and Messina in Italy.

Editor Kay Stewart has taught a variety of courses on writing and modern women essayists, and has been an editor and university professor. She has retired from her position as associate professor of English at the University of Alberta and is now completing a detective novel in collaboration with her husband. They have recently adopted the niece she refers to in her essay "Mother-Love, Mother-Loss" in Wrestling with the Angel.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 7
Reevaluating Relationships
Great Aunts 15
Taking the Plunge 28
Blood Turn 32
Archaeology 36
Love Letter to a Senior Woman Friend 47
Supermom 58
Starting Over 61
Me and My Shadow 64
Lost Connection 76
Mother-Love, Mother-Loss 78
Reinventing Places
My Island Home 86
Why I Live Where I Live 91
Mexican Disturbance 94
Where They Have to Take You In 100
Discovering the World of Art--Utica 1948 109
My Father's Top Hat 119
Never the Same River 124
There's no such thing as repetition 131
Reclaiming Our Bodies
Measuring Out My Life 140
Re-Covering 145
Swimming the Gaps 148
Tracing Elements 153
The Wall 160
Through the Looking Glass 166
Symptoms 170
Reconstructing Experience
Around the Corner 180
A Stone's Throw Away 188
Sargent Sundae 193
Her Studio Was Her Kitchen 202
Eating a Jonathan Apple 212
Wise Blood 215
The Night the Thirty-Ought-Six Got Shot Through the Ceiling 223
Births 226
The Deerhead 239
Reexamining Rituals
The Day I Got My Divorce 244
Pilgrimage 252
Anniversary: An Autumn Meditation 256
The Family that Prays Together 259
No Time to Die 264
Jesus Loved Me 273
The Savages 276
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