by Kathleen Norris
published by Mariner Books
© 1993 by Kathleen Norris
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Nearly 20 years ago, poet Kathleen Norris and her husband moved from
New York to the isolated town of Lemmon in northwestern South Dakota,
home of her grandparents. Living there radically changed her sense of
time and place, forcing her to come to terms with her heritage, her
religious beliefs and the land. Norris learned to value the prairie
landscape and to cope with the harsh climate. She found small-town life
a mass of contradictions: generous hospitality mixed with suspicion
of strangers, inertia and a sense of inferiority. One boon to her new
life was a community of Benedictine monks; with them she recaptured
her (Protestant) Christian faith and discovered inner peace. This is
a fine portrait of the High Plains and its people as well as a very
personal memoir of a spiritual awakening.
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