Robin MacArthur Half Wild: Stories

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“This heartbreakingly honest and authentic fiction will make you weep over, laugh at, and finally cheer for, mothers and daughters, sons and fathers, lovers and losers, and the human race in general. Half Wild is American fiction, and American literature, at its very best.”—Howard Frank Mosher, author of The Great Northern Express and Northern Borders

Spanning nearly forty years, the stories in Robin MacArthur’s formidable debut give voice to the dreams, hungers, and fears of a diverse cast of Vermonters—adolescent girls, aging hippies, hardscrabble farmers, disconnected women, and solitary men. Straddling the border between civilization and the wild, they all struggle to make sense of their loneliness and longings in the stark and often isolating enclaves they call home—golden fields and white-veiled woods, dilapidated farmhouses and makeshift trailers, icy rivers and still lakes rouse the imagination, tether the heart, and inhabit the soul.

In “Creek Dippers,” a teenage girl vows to escape the fate that has trapped her eccentric mother. In “God’s Country,” an elderly woman is unexpectedly reminded of a forbidden youthful passion and the chance she did not take. Returning to her childhood house when her mother falls ill, a daughter grapples with her own sense of belonging in “The Women Where I’m From.”

With striking prose powerful in its clarity and purity, MacArthur effortlessly renders characters—men and women, young and old—cleaved to the fierce and beautiful land that has defined them.

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Straddling the border between civilization and the wild, the stories in Robin MacArthur’s formidable debut give voice to the hopes, dreams, hungers, and fears of the people of Vermont. Adolescent girls, farmers, aging hippies, disconnected women, and solitary men all struggle to make sense of their loneliness and desires in the stark and often isolating spaces they call home—golden fields and white-veiled woods, dilapidated farmhouses and makeshift trailers, icy rivers and still lakes.

In “Creek Dippers,” a teenage girl vows to escape the same fate as that of her eccentric, rough-living mother. “Maggie in the Trees” explores the aftershocks of a man who surrenders to his passion for a wild, damaged woman—his longtime friend’s partner. In “God’s Country,” an elderly woman is unexpectedly reminded of a forbidden youthful passion and the chance she did not take. And in “The Women Where I’m From,” a young woman returns to her childhood home to face her mother’s illness as well as her own sense of belonging.

In striking prose, powerful in its clarity and purity, MacArthur effortlessly renders characters who are wedded to the only land they know, people whose lives are inextricably intertwined—both with one another and with the natural world that surrounds them. MacArthur’s compelling and authentic voice carves out a distinctive vision of the wildness and beauty of rural Vermont.

About the Author:

Robin MacArthur earned her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Orion, Shenandoah, and Alaska Quarterly Review as well as on NPR. MacArthur is also the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology and is one-half of the indie folk duo Red Heart the Ticker, which has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s Morning Edition. She lives on the hillside where she was born in Marlboro, Vermont.

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