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When Women Were Birds

Fifty-four Variations on Voice
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Publisher: 
Picador
 | 
March, 2013
ISBN:
9781250024114
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Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.

“Brilliant, meditative, and full of surprises, wisdom, and wonder.” —Ann Lamott, author of Imperfect Birds

“I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won’t look at them until after I’m gone.” This is what Terry Tempest Williams’s mother, the matriarch of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah, told her a week before she died. It was a shock to Williams to discover that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as it was to discover that the three shelves of journals were all blank. In fifty-four short chapters, Williams recounts memories of her mother, ponders her own faith, and contemplates the notion of absence and presence in art and in our world. When Women Were Birds is a carefully crafted kaleidoscope that keeps turning around the question: What does it mean to have a voice?

The world is already split open, and it is in our destiny to heal it, each in our own way, each in our own time, with the gifts that are ours.

Publisher’s Description: 

"This poetic memoir continues the work Williams began inRefuge.... Williams explores her mother's identity - woman, wife, mother, and Mormon - as she continues to honor her memory.... A lyrical and elliptical meditation on women, nature, family, and history.' - The Boston Globe "I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won't look at them until after I'm gone.' This is what Terry Tempest Williams's mother, the matriarch of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah, told her a week before she died. It was a shock to Williams to discover thather mother had kept journals.But not as much of a shock to discover that the three shelves ofjournalswere all blank. Infifty-four short chapters, Williams recounts memories of her mother, ponders her own Mormon faith, and contemplates the notion of absence in art and in our world.When Women Were Birdsis a carefully crafted kaleidoscope that keeps turning around the question: What does it mean to have a voice? - For readers of Anne Lamott and Kathleen Norris - Picador's edition will have French flaps; deckle-edged pages; and a handy, giftable package and trim size.

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