When Women Were Birds

Fifty-four Variations on Voice

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When Women Were Birds
In fifty-four chapters that unfold like a series of yoga poses, each with its own logic and beauty, Williams (beloved author of "Refuge") creates a lyrical and caring meditation of the mystery of her mother's journals .. and what it means to have a voice beyond a selfless existence informed by children and a husband.

Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374288976
Branch Call Number: 508.0922 W7276w 2012
Characteristics: 208 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm


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Sep 08, 2013
  • quagga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My Mother's Journals are theatrical. [...] My Mother's Journals are a transgression. My Mother's Journals are a scandal of white. My Mother's Journals are a "harmony of silence.

Sep 08, 2013
  • quagga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.


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Aug 17, 2012
  • lindiwood rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I can't think of an author with more heart evident on the page than Terry Tempest Williams. Beautiful prose, as expected.


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