Prairie Silence

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Beacon Press | Jan 08, 2013 | ISBN 9780807044742

  • Paperback$15.00

    Beacon Press | Jan 07, 2014 | 248 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | ISBN 9780807045169

  • Hardcover$24.95

    Beacon Press | Jan 08, 2013 | 248 Pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | ISBN 9780807044735

  • Ebook$24.95

    Beacon Press | Jan 08, 2013 | ISBN 9780807044742

Praise

“A heartfelt coming-out story as well as an eloquent elegy to a rural way of life that is rapidly vanishing from the American landscape.” —Booklist
 
“In Prairie Silence, Melanie Hoffert shows how the landscapes of our childhood continue to speak to us, and through us, long after we’ve left them behind. In this beautifully written and deeply imagined memoir, Hoffert invites us back to her North Dakota farming community for a season of harvest, a personal journey of profound courage and grace.” —Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean
 
“Hoffert’s bittersweet and compelling memoir recalls her struggles at ending her silence and creating a fuller life for herself. She illuminates the quiet grace of the people and land she loves and mourns the passing of a way of life.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
“The quiet, lyric prose of Melanie Hoffert’s Prairie Silence crept into my days, making it impossible for me to stop turning pages. This book is about looking for oneself in places we are so often afraid to venture. A beautiful debut from a brave new writer.” —Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance
 
“This is a gorgeous book that evokes quiet country mornings and loud self-examination. . . . If you once believed that you can’t truly ever go home again, Prairie Silence is a book you’ll be eager to read.” –Washington Blade
 
“A heartfelt love song to a place and its people as well as an honest and rewarding rendering of the author’s interior landscape.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Hoffert’s intimate memoir of place reveals a personal journey both fraught and wondrous, and a present reality of surprising richness.” —Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling


From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: The Allure of Grain Trucks
Chapter 2: Silent Prairie Beginnings
Chapter 3: Harvest Retreat
Chapter 4: When Love Gains a Face
Chapter 5: Rubbers and Nipples on the Farm
Chapter 6: The Last Kiss
Chapter 7: Yoga in the Air
Chapter 8: Born Again for the First Time
Chapter 9: Small-Town Tour
Chapter 10: The Boy
Chapter 11: Floating toward the Light
Chapter 12: Redheaded Redneck
Chapter 13: Bible Camp
Chapter 14: God’s Followers
Chapter 15: The Plainness of Holiness
Chapter 16: Grain Truck Apprenticeship
Chapter 17: Sheets and Lights
Chapter 18: Tiny Cowboy Town
Chapter 19: Flow
Chapter 20: The Last of the Barns
Epilogue: Going Home
Acknowledgments

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