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Earth's Imagined Corners


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“And then they both sat in stunned silence, just looking at each other, shaking their heads. It was unbelievable. They had dared the wild briar thickets of this outlandish possibility, they had forged ahead despite the prickers and the doubt and the shame and their own weaknesses, and they had reached their mutually desired destination.”


In 1885 Iowa, Sara Moore is a dutiful daughter, but when her father tries to force her to marry his younger partner, she must choose between the partner—a man who treats her like property—and James Youngblood—a kind man she hardly knows who has a troubled past. When she confronts her father, he beats her and turns her out of the house, breaking all ties, so she decides to elope with James to Kansas City with hardly a penny to their names. In the tradition of Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Earth’s Imagined Corners is a novel that comprehends the great kindnesses and violences we do to each other.


                   
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