A Farm Under A Lake

Bergland, Martha

Published by Graywolf Press, 1989
ISBN 10: 1555971199 / ISBN 13: 9781555971199
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1st Ed., HB/DJ, F/F, 199 pp. SIGNED by Author. Author is The Pushcart Prize XII winner. A portrait of two farm families with a focus on Jack and Janet Hawn as they struggle to retain the spirit and love which first brought them together twenty years ago. The story opens as Janet leaves her unemployed husband to drive May, an old woman she has cared for, from Wisconsin to Illinois, where May's daughter lives. Bookseller Inventory # 1247

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Synopsis: Janet and her husband Jack have struggled to regain the purpose and love they shared when they worked their families' neighbouring farms. May is a deaf mute to whom Janet can reveal the feelings she cannot articulate to Jack. Eventually she arrives at a startling yet inevitable decision.

Review: Janet Hawn is driving back to rural Illinois, to the town and farms where she and her husband Jack grew up, to the place they've always wanted to return. But life has taken paths neither Jack nor Janet envisioned, and now twenty years have passed. Janet has a job driving eighty-year-old May, a woman who no longer speaks, to May's daughter's house. While on this drive Janet talks to May about her connection to Jack, to the land, putting yearnings into words for the first time, maybe because it's easier and safer with a listener who doesn't respond. Janet realizes "that I was making this trip to Illinois to learn what to say or what to do about who I was...I was trying to sort - with my skin and my eyes and my breathing and my remembering - what to keep, how far to draw a line of...what? Sisterhood? Eminent domain? Marriage? Duty? I don't yet know the terms for inside and outside." At the same time, watching and helping May, she can't help but wonder what her life will be like when she herself is eighty. Janet's journey is inward and poetic: she consciously senses and tries to understand how life can overtake you while you are living it, how you can suddenly find yourself somewhere you never thought you would be, and how this realization can put you on a new path. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Holly Smith

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Title: A Farm Under A Lake
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication Date: 1989
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition

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BERGLAND, MARTHA
Published by GREYWOLF PRESS, ST. PAUL, MN (1989)
ISBN 10: 1555971199 ISBN 13: 9781555971199
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Book Description GREYWOLF PRESS, ST. PAUL, MN, 1989. HARDBOUND. Book Condition: NEAR FINE TO FINE. Dust Jacket Condition: NEAR FINE TO FINE. HARDBOUND IN DJ. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL HARDBOUND COPY IN DJ OF THIS SCARCE AND IMPORTANT VOLUME.A FARM UNDER A LAKE.WRITTEN BY THE GREAT MARTHA BERGLAND.THIS FINE COPY HAS BEEN SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY MARTHA BERGLAND.NUMBER LINE IS.98765432 SO PROBABLY NOT A FIRST Size: OCTAVO. SIGNED BY MARTHA BERGLAND. MARTHA BERGLAND. Bookseller Inventory # MLGH9507

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