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Edge Seasons: A Mid-life Year

Edge Seasons A Mid life Year From the bestselling critically acclaimed author of The Hatbox Letters and Shadow Child comes the story of a year of transformation In the middle years of her life Beth Powning stands on a threshold

  • Title: Edge Seasons: A Mid-life Year
  • Author: Beth Powning
  • ISBN: 9780676976427
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Hatbox Letters and Shadow Child comes the story of a year of transformation.In the middle years of her life, Beth Powning stands on a threshold an edge season Late one August, when Beth and her partner, Peter, observe the deserted sauna bath on their farm near Sussex, New Brunswick, she remembers the faith and enFrom the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Hatbox Letters and Shadow Child comes the story of a year of transformation.In the middle years of her life, Beth Powning stands on a threshold an edge season Late one August, when Beth and her partner, Peter, observe the deserted sauna bath on their farm near Sussex, New Brunswick, she remembers the faith and energy that went into building it As they begin to repair the sauna, the project becomes a metaphor for how dreams, relationships and commitments need to be continuously renewed While their only child, Jake, prepares to leave for university, Beth and Peter contemplate changes of their own.As fall and winter gradually shut down the vibrant life of the gardens, fields and forests near her home, Beth witnesses the beauty and regenerative force of the natural world, weaving acutely observed descriptions of the countryside with the story of her own intimate transformation Edge Seasons is an intensely absorbing journey that illuminates how change can shatter even as it strengthens.From the Hardcover edition.

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    About "Beth Powning"

    1. Beth Powning

      Beth Powning was born in Hampton, Connecticut She attended E.O Smith High School, and Sarah Lawrence College, where she majored in creative writing Powning moved to New Brunswick, Canada in 1970.Powning s work has been widely published in books, anthologies, and magazines She is known for her lyrical, powerful writing and the profound emotional honesty of her work Her latest novel, A Measure of Light , was released by Knopf Canada March 10, 2015 It was a Globe and Mail Bestseller, a Globe and Mail Best Book, was long listed for the Dublin International LIiterary Award, and was the winner of the N.B.Book Award for Fiction In the USA, A Measure of Light will be a Sam s Club Best Book for March, 2018 Beth Powning s novel, The Sea Captain s Wife was short listed for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, in Canada and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Award Book, in the USA The novel has been long listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award It is being translated into French by Editions Perce Neige, with distribution in Canada and France.Powning also recently won Canada s Lieutenant Governor s Award for High Achievement in English Language Literary Arts and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of New Brunswick.

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    1. Powning's 'edge season' is her son's last year in high school, before he leaves home for college. But we all have our edge seasons, and her writing and insights apply even to those of us without children. Lyrical, visual, lovely writing combine with the precise construction of the book itself in terms of threads of ideas/thoughts to make another stellar piece from Powning. Highly recommended.


    2. A permanent fixture on the book shelf at the cottage. I can open Beth Powning's book to any page, any day and find inspiration.


    3. Beth Powning is a wonderful New Brunswick writer who gives us this memoir detailing a time in her life when she was at the precipice of change. She compares it to an “edge season” – those moments in the year when the weather is unpredictable, caught in that short period between one season and the next. For almost 20 years she has lived on a farm with her husband Peter (a potter), and her son Jake. Jake is now preparing to leave for university and Beth thinks about how the end of motherhood [...]


    4. Enjoyed the book very much. Powning's descriptive writing is a feast for the senses and she is spot on with challenges that face us all when our lives are changing seasons. I rather think her characters are, in their mid-thirties facing autumn rather than winter but as a soon to be 70-year old, I felt her pain and ultimate renewal.


    5. A year in the life of Beth Powning, author of the novel "The Hatbox Letters", in which she comes to terms with the relentless passage of time and the departure of her son to college. Beautifully, achingly depicted, but after a while the self indulgence of her mid-life crisis begins to grate.


    6. You cannot forget the writing when you read a Beth Powning book -- especially her personal memoirs. Her powers of observation and her ability to communicate them are spot on.


    7. a bit full of mid-life crisis for my taste, but some keen observations of landscape and change on all levels, nonetheless.


    8. This book came along right when I needed it. A journal of sorts, she put into words emotions I was having that I couldn't even begin to express. And then her description of nature I'm not sure I've ever lingered over descriptions like I did in this book.All this and she's Canadian!So grateful to the friend who shared this with me.


    9. Another gorgeous Beth Powning book. Took longer for me to get into, different style than Shadow Child but similar lyrical prose and the same yearnings. A lot of stickie tabs in the margin. Just lovely.


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