This unique collection includes fiction, memoirs, and poetry, by seven women writers past the age of sixty: Alvia Golden, Rita Kiefer, Estelle Leontief, Carrie Allen McCray, Tema Nason, Anneliese Wagner, and Sondra Zeidenstein. Each author's creative writing is followed by an Afterword in which she talks about what is currently on her mind as an artist.
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Older women writers are under-represented in print. Because they write from the wider, deeper perspective that comes with age, as well as with keen appreciation of the present, their creative voices make the contemporary world a richer, more vivid place.
The subject matter of these writers includes: the relationship of a mother and her schizophrenic daughter; the split psyche of a closeted lesbian; life in a convent and the impetus to leave it after eighteen years; and African-American woman's experience of life in the North and South over a period of eighty years; flight from Nazi Germany to refugee life in the United States, and much, much more.From the Author:
It is not only the age of these writers or their subject matter that attracted me, as editor, to choose to these works out of hundreds of manuscripts. What literary qualities was I looking for? From these seven my biases can be deduced. They include: an authentic voice; organic and resonant shaping of material; energy, as if the writing has been a matter of urgency; accessibility that is not simpleness, but an expression of the writer's imperative to be understood, to share deep feeling. What Tema Nason says in her Afterword about what she wants her own work to accomplish holds true for me as editor: "There's a lot of fiction and poetry that's very good and very skillful, entertaining, interesting, but it doesn't move you. I want my work to move people, to touch them where they live, to connect with them."
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Book Description Chicory Blue Press, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1887344012
Book Description Chicory Blue Press, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1887344012