Literature Rickey Gard Diamond Second Sight

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Second Sight

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Today Kate surprised me with a letter-...She asks so many questions. So point-blank. I had to laugh because people have wanted to grill me like that for yearsI still catch people looking out of the corners of their eyes at me, trying to judge is what they've heard can possibly be true...

Maybe it's time, maybe I can tell this.

Gabrielle Bissonette, a hunter, is a character of uncommon depth and determination. Her way of life intrudes upon what has traditionally been male territory. Rickey Gard Diamond creates an extraordinary heroine, one who redefines what it means to be fully human. She has the strength and courage to discover "second sight," reclaiming painful memories, and seeing them anew in her quest for both responsibility and new direction.

Gabrielle returns us to 1973, when family violence was still largely unchallenged, and Vietnam's violence was radically dividing American families and communities. Like today, it was a time of changing perceptions, with sexual and economic differences, power, knowledge, and the environment at stake.

Gabrielle struggles to untangle her ten-year silence. Her story is complex, woven of many threads. Caught in a web of violence, along with her older brother, Robert, and Valley, his young bride, she wrestles with memories of hunting and vegetarianism, the nature of violence and definitions of victim, the links between local storytelling and literature, between rural and academic dialects, the impact of Ernest Hemingway's work versus the invisibility of women's.

Spellbinding, her tale gathers speed as it is read and has lasting revelations. Gabrielle, Robert, and Valley will continue to live in the reader's mind long after the book is finished. As is parts of the American character itself, the play out our most personal, unreconciled conflicts. With Second Sight, Rickey Gard Diamond has written a novel that bridges chasms, naming life in all its terrible fullness, to find hope at the heart of tragedy.

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Calyx Books makes editorial decisions collectively and thrives on conversations about literature. We found Second Sight spellbinding. It is a novel that gathers speed as it is read, and has lasting revelations. We found ourselves pondering domestic violence and the definition of a victim; we discussed hunting and vegetarianism; we talked about the intereaction of one's home communities, the difficulty of reconciling rural and academic languages and the impact of Ernest Hemingway's writing. Rickey Gard Diamond has created an extraordinatry heroine, one who redefines what it means to be a woman.

From the Author:

I grew up spending a great deal of time in the woods with my father, an outdoors editor. One of my earliest conflicts may have been about the unspoken, automatic exclusion of girls from hunting--although my sympathies were with the animals. So Gabrielle, the hunter, surprised me. When I decided to follow her deeper into my imagination, I discovered two ways of hunting, two ways of being in the world really--collecting trophies to prove your dominance or respecting how much your own life costs, your inevitable impact on the earth. Reviewers often remark on my depiction of male violence against women, but I'm writing about many kinds --physical, emotional and, not least of all, economic violence and how American that is.

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