Kim Barnes spent the majority of her childhood in the isolated settlements and cedar camps along the North Fork of Idaho’s Clearwater River. In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, her first memoir, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, received a PEN/Jerard Fund Award and a PNBA Award. Barnes is the author of three novels: Finding Caruso; A Country Called Home, winner of the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction and named a Best Book of 2008 by The Oregonian; and In the Kingdom of Men, a story set in 1960s Saudi Arabia, listed among the Best Books of 2012 by San Francisco Chronicle and The Seattle Times. Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. She teaches writing at the University of Idaho and lives with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain. www.kimbarnes.com
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Raised in a two-room shack by her strict Oklahoma grandfather, Gin Mitchell knows a better life awaits her when she marries hometown hero Mason McPhee. Even so, nothing can prepare her for what’s to come when Mason takes a job with the Arabian American Oil company in 1960s Saudi Arabia.
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.
Fans of Educated by Tara Westover are sure to fall for this riveting narrative of self-discovery and personal triumph. From the author of the Pulitzer Prize–nominated memoir, In the Wilderness, here is the story of how an intelligent and passionate young woman, yearning for an understanding of the world beyond her insular family life, found her way.
A powerful novel of young love and rural isolation from the acclaimed author of In the Wilderness.
Here is the first thing you need to know about me: I’m a barefoot girl from red-dirt Oklahoma, and all the marble floors in the world will never change that.
Here is the second thing: that young woman they pulled from the Arabian shore, her hair tangled with mangrove—my husband didn’t kill her, not the way they say he did.