Writing on the Wind: An Anthology of West Texas Women Writers

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Lou Halsell Rodenberger, Laura Payne Butler, Jacqueline A. Kolosov
Texas Tech University Press, 2005 - 274 pages
"Stories about family, legacy, marriage, divorce, religion, all of them played out in relentless weather and under an all-encompassing sky. . . . These female writers come from a storied place most often described from the perspective of the men credited with shaping it. . . . This collection adds insightful dimension to a surprisingly inspiring place." —Fort Worth Star-Telegram"A moving and engaging collection of short stories often set in demanding rural conditions. . . . We learn how the seemingly blank, barren expanse that is West Texas is really a landscape of sublime and subtle opulence. . . . Beyond survival, anything hardy enough to endure here doesn't merely exist, but thrives and flourishes. The stories these women have to tell prove exactly that." —El Paso Times"The fullness of regional life is so engagingly chronicled here that you may never again think of West Texas without understanding the passions inspired by this seemingly empty land. . . . The women featured in this collection . . . focus on contrasts between the young and old, the East and West, the wet and the dry, the new and the old social norms. . . . This collection adds insightful dimension to a surprisingly inspiring place." —Philadelphia Inquirer"The vast skies west of Fort Worth have captured the endless space these authors love. This anthology . . . gives voice to their identities and their connections to place and the people who live there." —Review of Texas Books"The 26 contemporary women writers featured in [this] new anthology have one thing in common: West Texas. . . . All have been touched, inspired, or in some way affected by the landscape, the people, the climate, the history, the isolation, the sense of place. . . . The essays, memoirs, and short stories included here cover a range of topics, approaches, interests, emotions, and writing styles. Some are humorous, others poignant. Some take an academic approach to their subject, others are raw and personal. The writing illustrates the diversity, not only of the women selected for this anthology, but of the region itself" —Glenn Dromgoole, Lubbock Avalanche-JournalThe vast, disparate region called West Texas is both sparsely populated and scarcely recognized. Yet it has given voice to a surprising number of women writers who have left more than a faint impression on its hardscrabble terrain and consciousness. These writers do much more than evoke the land and its celebrated skies. Often with humor and always with empathy, they manage to peg nearly every West Texas experience, including how West Texans respond to hardships, blessings, friendships, loneliness, tragedy, and yes, even sandstorms. The short stories and essays in this collection, through a strong emphasis on individual triumphs and failures, remind West Texans of their heritage and share with all readers an understanding of what it means to live in the endless space these authors know so well.“West Texas latitude inspires its occupants to make new beginnings, to explore spiritual response to the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, and to achieve understanding of the people coming and going in their daily lives.” —Lou Halsell Rodenberger, from the Introduction
 

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Contents

Writing Llano
12
Be All Right
23
The Scent of Water
31
Making Place
42
Place and Grace
49
Almost Like Rain
55
The Chronicles of ToadWest Texas
61
Indignities A Memoir
81
Waiting for Gideon Prince
136
Cash and Dolls Golden Anniversary
143
To Reap To Thresh
155
Box Canyon
161
IN INCREASING ORDER OF IMPORTANCE
174
Gold Stars and Silver Wings
179
Welcome to Magdalena
190
Nell Petersons Right Hand Man
210

Its Three Oclock in the Morning
95
The Summer My Engine Died
103
Fast Women and Naked Legs
109
West Texas Journal
113
THE SCOTTISH LASSIE WHO BECAME A WEST TEXAS LEGEND
118
The Art of Dipping Candles
129
Lisa and Her Brothers
224
Road Signs
232
Only Connect
247
A Selected Bibliography
261
CITATIONS
273
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