Memoirs Phyllis Barber Raw Edges: A Memoir

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Raw Edges: A Memoir

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When Phyllis Barber's thirty-three-year marriage disintegrated, she had to redefine herself as a woman, mother, and artist. She also had to reconcile the jarring dissonance between her idealistic Mormon vision of marriage as a relationship that would endure through all eternity, and the painful reality of mutual infidelities and disparate needs. "Raw Edges" is Barber's moving account of her journey through the 'lean years' that followed her divorce and her memories of a long, eventful marriage between two gifted and loving people. Barber's path to a new identity was rocky and often deeply troubled. There was a blighted cross-country bicycle trip; a tortured relationship with a drug addict; a second failed marriage; and, periods of recurring depression. This story is interwoven with a narrative of the marriage itself, a marriage that began with 'sealing' in a Mormon temple, endured through the birth of four sons and the development of two careers, but foundered when the couple's hopes and personal needs failed to match their optimistic expectations and the rigid strictures of Mormon life. "Raw Edges" reflects the predicament that many women experience as marriages disintegrate, families fall apart, and people fail to achieve the expectations that their society or faith sets for them. It is also a story of hope, of how a woman overcome by grief and confusion eventually reinvents herself and finds a new approach to life. Ultimately, "Raw Edges" is a love story, about what we find in life to love, and about how love and the ability to love survive pain and betrayal.

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Phyllis Barber is the award-winning author of seven books, including an earlier memoir, How I Got Cultured: A Nevada Memoir. She teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA Writing Program and lives in Denver. She was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2005.

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“This memoir shares a compelling story, often poetic and sometimes heartbreaking, rich with the makings of wisdom. . . . Barber is unquestionably a talented writer. She captures setting in vivid detail and evokes metaphors that are truly beautiful, even breathtaking.”-- Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought



Raw Edges . . . tells the story of a woman redefining herself as a person and how her Mormon faith provided a unique experience on her journey to a new life. Moving and poignant, Raw Edges is a memoir well worth reading for insight on the life of a not-so-common Mormon woman.” -- Midwest Book Review



“Barber’s empathy and ability to articulate the emotions of divorce, loss, and struggle render her more than simply a regional or Mormon author, but an author of national scope.”-- ForeWord Reviews



“At a time when we’re accustomed to seeing failed relationships through the kaleidoscope of advice columns and talk-show gabbing, Barber takes divorce into the territory of literary art.”-- Salt Lake Tribune

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