Part literary travelogue, part ancestral history, A Woman of Stone pays homage to the mythology and history of the continent. It is the tale of Sam Brown, his famous grandmother, who goes missing while hiking across the Outback, and his mother who tries to fill the space left in her wake.
A Woman of Stone delves into the lives of the Browns, their past and their present all the while examining the universal hold and effect that a country can have on an individual. Commenting on this Pierce states, "This was something I didn't understand before I lived in Australia—the way a national culture can shape a person. When I first moved to Australia, I loved being there, learning the nuances of the culture, reading their books. But after being there for six months or so, I began to crave contact with other Americans who were living in Sydney. Of course our accents gave us away. But beyond that, we were beginning to understand how we carried our country with us even though were not presently living there."
A Woman of Stone heralds an introduction to an astute new author; one who has a keen understanding of people, no matter which land they may come from.
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Todd James Pierce exploits a translucent style to tell stories of robust intention and emotional subtlety." —Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List and winner of the Booker Prize
"Todd James Pierce is a young writer who already has a territory of his own. He investigates family crises with rare discretion, tenderness and tact. His first novel shows not only achievement but also immense promise." —Jim Crace, author of Being Dead and finalist for the Booker PrizeAbout the Author:
Woman of Stone is Todd Pierce’s first novel. His short stories have been included in over fifty magazines and journals nationwide including The Missouri Review, The North American Review, Fiction, Shenandoah, and The Indiana Review. Now residing in Florida, Pierce taught in Australia for several years.
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