Crown of Dust

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Product Details

Price
$16.95
Publisher
Soho Press
Publish Date
Pages
276
Dimensions
5.51 X 1.14 X 8.18 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781569479865
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About the Author

Mary Volmer was born in Grass Valley, California, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College and master's degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook and now teaches at Saint Mary's College. She is also the author of Reliance, Illinois.

Reviews

Praise for Crown of Dust

"There are subliminal echoes of L. Frank Baum in Volmer's mythmaking . . . But Volmer keeps whimsy in check with a terse present-tense voice that invests her pioneers piquant inner lives and a poker-faced lyricism."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Carefully researched and meticulously imagined. Volmer has written a new story of the California gold rush that is as believable and transporting as any I have ever read . . . Volmer's characters are wonderful and the story is tense and engaging. A wonderful read."
--Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

"Any illusions about the glamour of digging for gold are totally shattered by Mary Volmer's Crown of Dust, a grim and carefully researched book about the California gold rush . . . Volmer, in her remarkable first novel, has re-created the reality of an era that few can even visualize now."
--The Washington Times

"Mary Volmer possesses such fierce powers of description, I could almost feel the dust of Motherlode clinging to the hem of my skirt. In Crown of Dust, Volmer has created an intensely physical and utterly enjoyable novel, filled with unforgettable characters." --Michelle Richmond, author of The Year of Fog

"Volmer's distinctive, beautifully written debut is set in the California gold rush country in the mid-19th century . . . [her] prose is taut and restrained, moving the story along at a healthy clip as her hardscrabble characters rumble and stumble through their dusty domain. Volmer's found a fat vein of gold in some heavily mined territory."
--Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Volmer paints a moving portrait of outcasts and nonconformists who build their own community . . . evocative historical background and thoughtful social observation make this a promising debut."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Volmer's colorful debut is in many ways a typical Western, heavy on action and subplots involving miners, unions, and strikes . . . fresh and different."
--Library Journal

"Volmer's first novel is a pleasant effort . . . She captures the authenticity of place and the spirit of the period through the greed, exhilaration, disappointment and hope of the characters."
--Booklist