IN THE WILDERNESS: Coming of Age in Unknown Country.

Barnes, Kim.

ISBN 10: 0385478216 / ISBN 13: 9780385478212
Published by New York: Bantam, (1996.) dj, 1996
Hardcover
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Poet's highly acclaimed first book, winner of the 1995 PEN/ Jerard Fund Award for a work-in-progress by an emerging female writer - a candid account of a girl and young woman coming to terms with her family, her homeland in the logging wilderness and small towns of Idaho, with her parent's Pentecostal religion, and most of all with herself, SIGNED on the title page. Dustjacket praise from Ivan Doig, David James Duncan and Stewart O'Nan, among others. 258 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 34548

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Title: IN THE WILDERNESS: Coming of Age in Unknown ...

Publisher: New York: Bantam, (1996.) dj

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Poet Kim Barnes grew up in northern Idaho, in the isolated camps where her father worked as a logger and her mother made a modest but comfortable home for her husband and two children. Their lives were short on material wealth, but long on the riches of family and friendship, and the great sheltering power of the wilderness. But in the mid-1960's, as automation and a declining economy drove more and more loggers out of the wilderness and into despair, Kim's father dug in and determined to stay. It was then the family turned fervently toward Pentecostalism. It was then things changed.

In the Wilderness is the poet's own account of a journey toward adulthood against an interior landscape every bit as awesome, as beautiful, and as fraught with hidden peril as the great forest itself. It is a story of how both faith and geography can shape the heart and soul, and of the uncharted territory we all must enter to face our demons. Above all, it is the clear-eyed and moving account of a young woman's coming of terms with her family, her homeland, her spirituality, and herself.

In presenting Kim Barnes the 1995 PENJerard Fund Award for a work-in-progress by an emerging female writer, the panel of judges wrote that "In the Wilderness is far more than a personal memoir," adding that it stands "almost as a cautionary example of the power of good prose to distinguish whatever it touches." Indeed, In the Wilderness is an extraordinary work, courageous, candid, and exquisitely written.

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In the mid-1960s, as mechanization and the forests' depletion drove many loggers into the cities,Kim Barnes's parents turned to fundamentalism to sustain their increasingly difficult life. The author struggled to live by this religion's exacting tenets, but her chilling descriptions of the harsh punishments meted out for lapses make us understand why she ultimately had to leave it behind. Yet she conveys understanding and love for the rigid yet secure world of her youth in this haunting memoir of faith and loss in the Idaho woods.

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