Enamored by her native state, Norris examines how life continually renews itself in South Dakota. From its changes in climate, population and atmosphere, she lovingly chronicles a place she calls home.Enamored by her native state, Norris examines how life continually renews itself in South Dakota. From its changes in climate, population and atmosphere, she lovingly chronicles a place she calls home.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 1994-08-01 A native of South Dakota, Norris maps the cultural and spiritual landscape of life on the High Plains. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-12-07 Nearly 20 years ago, poet Kathleen Norris and her husband moved from New York to the isolated town of Lemmon in northwestern South Dakota, home of her grandparents. Living there radically changed her sense of time and place, forcing her to come to terms with her heritage, her religious beliefs and the land. Norris learned to value the prairie landscape and to cope with the harsh climate. She found small-town life a mass of contradictions: generous hospitality mixed with suspicion of strangers, inertia and a sense of inferiority. One boon to her new life was a community of Benedictine monks; with them she recaptured her (Protestant) Christian faith and discovered inner peace. This is a fine portrait of the High Plains and its people as well as a very personal memoir of a spiritual awakening. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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