Burning of the Marriage Hat

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An accident? Or murder? A modern-day woman journeys to her Wyoming roots to find out the truth!

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Burning of the Marriage Hat: A Novel of High Plains Women (Copyright 2002, ISBN 0971447322) by Margaret Benshoof-Holler is based, in part, on the author's own coming of age in 1960s Wyoming, whose motto is the "Equality State" because that's where women first gained the right to vote and sit on juries in the U.S. The book chronicles the author's own experience of giving a child up for adoption in the 1960's and her search to come to terms with denial and loss.

The setting is Wyoming because that's were the author came of age. The conditions of unwed pregnant women during the 1960s were not, though, unique to Wyoming. They affected women throughout the U.S. Since leaving Wyoming over 30 years ago, the author has lived throughout the world and now lives in San Francisco. She has a broad perspective honed not just from one geographical area but from many different places. The author's Wyoming roots, where she grew up and came of age, are what give the story validity, flavor and a different perspective.

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The title Burning of the Marriage Hat has both literal and symbolic meanings.

Literally, it's the hat that the narrator's grandmother in the book is forced by her husband to burn after, symbolically speaking, all love and romance has died in their marriage.

The symbol of the Burning of the Marriage Hat relates to the cleaning up of unresolved issues and denial within a family.

In a more profound sense, Burning of the Marriage Hat has to do with cleansing--something like a catharsis. A healing.

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