Where Somebody Waits

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Price
$15.95
Publisher
Paul Dry Books
Publish Date
Pages
201
Dimensions
4.4 X 0.7 X 6.9 inches | 0.44 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781589880894
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About the Author

Margaret Kaufman, poet and fiction writer, is the author of five books of poetry, including letterpress limited editions published by the Gefn Press (London), The Janus Press (Vermont), and Protean Press (San Francisco). Her first full-length collection, Snake at the Wrist, was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2002. A resident of Kentfield, California, Kaufman leads poetry workshops, teaches at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco, and edits both fiction and poetry. Where Somebody Waits is her first book of fiction.

Reviews

"Margaret Kaufman's "Where Somebody Waits" is a work of quiet humanity. The central figure, Ruby, marries into a Jewish Arkansas family, and we move with her and a network of her relations across a period of some sixty years, from World War II through to the near-present. Ruby's character is a life-force with an innate sense of social justice and an unusual ability to love. A great deal is covered in "Where Somebody Waits," but without padding or digression. Think a less melancholic Barbara Pym transported to the American South, or a Willa Cather shorn of her frontier and her emotional aloofness. But, then--don't. Kaufman is an inimitable voice. You will be both soothed and transported by her delightful stories."--Paula Marantz Cohen

"'Vinegar, cornbread and butter, ' a character reminisces in "Where Somebody Waits." 'The music of it.' Margaret Kaufman has captured those flavors and textures in a novel that may look like a miniature but is actually a chorus of voices that opens up a world rich with color and feeling. Her ear is wonderfully tuned to the undercurrents and ironies, the passions and dailyness of small-town life across time and change, and at the center, her salty, peppery Ruby is as strong as she is alluring--faithful and faithless and full of surprises."--Rosellen Brown

"Her attention to the nuances of the natural world and to the quiet oscillations in the lives of her speakers is both exemplary and heartbreaking. Her exquisite sense of measure and restraint make her reckonings of the complex junctures of our lives all the more compelling and powerful as she quilts together her many fabrics of human celebration."--David St. John

"A gifted, lyrical storyteller...she defines what it means not only to reflect on the breadth of one's experience with truth and grace but also to embrace the small, pivotal moments that, if attended to, have the power to transform us."--Francine Sterle

Praise for Margaret Kaufman and "Where Somebody Waits"

"Named a "Great Group Read" by the Women s National Book Association"

"In the madcap, outspoken, yet hauntingly vulnerable Ruby, Kaufman has created an indelible character, one whose full life arc is succinctly yet voluptuously rendered through the incandescent vignettes of Kaufman s masterful first novel-in-stories.""Booklist"

"'Vinegar, cornbread and butter, ' a character reminisces in "Where Somebody Waits." 'The music of it.' Margaret Kaufman has captured those flavors and textures in a novel that may look like a miniature but is actually a chorus of voices that opens up a world rich with color and feeling. Her ear is wonderfully tuned to the undercurrents and ironies, the passions and dailyness of small-town life across time and change, and at the center, her salty, peppery Ruby is as strong as she is alluringfaithful and faithless and full of surprises."Rosellen Brown

"Margaret Kaufman s "Where Somebody Waits" is a work of quiet humanity. The central figure, Ruby, marries into a Jewish Arkansas family, and we move with her and a network of her relations across a period of some sixty years, from World War II through to the near-present. Ruby s character is a life-force with an innate sense of social justice and an unusual ability to love. A great deal is covered in "Where Somebody Waits," but without padding or digression. Think a less melancholic Barbara Pym transported to the American South, or a Willa Cather shorn of her frontier and her emotional aloofness. But, thendon t. Kaufman is an inimitable voice. You will be both soothed and transported by her delightful stories."Paula Marantz Cohen

"Her attention to the nuances of the natural world and to the quiet oscillations in the lives of her speakers is both exemplary and heartbreaking. Her exquisite sense of measure and restraint make her reckonings of the complex junctures of our lives all the more compelling and powerful as she quilts together her many fabrics of human celebration."David St. John

"A gifted, lyrical storytellershe defines what it means not only to reflect on the breadth of one's experience with truth and grace but also to embrace the small, pivotal moments that, if attended to, have the power to transform us."Francine Sterle
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Praise for Margaret Kaufman and Where Somebody Waits

Named a "Great Group Read" by the Women's National Book Association

"In the madcap, outspoken, yet hauntingly vulnerable Ruby, Kaufman has created an indelible character, one whose full life arc is succinctly yet voluptuously rendered through the incandescent vignettes of Kaufman's masterful first novel-in-stories."--Booklist

"'Vinegar, cornbread and butter, ' a character reminisces in Where Somebody Waits. 'The music of it.' Margaret Kaufman has captured those flavors and textures in a novel that may look like a miniature but is actually a chorus of voices that opens up a world rich with color and feeling. Her ear is wonderfully tuned to the undercurrents and ironies, the passions and dailyness of small-town life across time and change, and at the center, her salty, peppery Ruby is as strong as she is alluring--faithful and faithless and full of surprises."--Rosellen Brown

"Margaret Kaufman's Where Somebody Waits is a work of quiet humanity. The central figure, Ruby, marries into a Jewish Arkansas family, and we move with her and a network of her relations across a period of some sixty years, from World War II through to the near-present. Ruby's character is a life-force with an innate sense of social justice and an unusual ability to love. A great deal is covered in Where Somebody Waits, but without padding or digression. Think a less melancholic Barbara Pym transported to the American South, or a Willa Cather shorn of her frontier and her emotional aloofness. But, then--don't. Kaufman is an inimitable voice. You will be both soothed and transported by her delightful stories."--Paula Marantz Cohen

"Her attention to the nuances of the natural world and to the quiet oscillations in the lives of her speakers is both exemplary and heartbreaking. Her exquisite sense of measure and restraint make her reckonings of the complex junctures of our lives all the more compelling and powerful as she quilts together her many fabrics of human celebration."--David St. John

"A gifted, lyrical storyteller...she defines what it means not only to reflect on the breadth of one's experience with truth and grace but also to embrace the small, pivotal moments that, if attended to, have the power to transform us."--Francine Sterle



Praise for Margaret Kaufman and Where Somebody Waits

Named a "Great Group Read" by the Women's National Book Association

"In the madcap, outspoken, yet hauntingly vulnerable Ruby, Kaufman has created an indelible character, one whose full life arc is succinctly yet voluptuously rendered through the incandescent vignettes of Kaufman's masterful first novel-in-stories."--Booklist

"'Vinegar, cornbread and butter, ' a character reminisces in Where Somebody Waits. 'The music of it.' Margaret Kaufman has captured those flavors and textures in a novel that may look like a miniature but is actually a chorus of voices that opens up a world rich with color and feeling. Her ear is wonderfully tuned to the undercurrents and ironies, the passions and dailyness of small-town life across time and change, and at the center, her salty, peppery Ruby is as strong as she is alluring--faithful and faithless and full of surprises."--Rosellen Brown

"Margaret Kaufman's Where Somebody Waits is a work of quiet humanity. The central figure, Ruby, marries into a Jewish Arkansas family, and we move with her and a network of her relations across a period of some sixty years, from World War II through to the near-present. Ruby's character is a life-force with an innate sense of social justice and an unusual ability to love. A great deal is covered in Where Somebody Waits, but without padding or digression. Think a less melancholic Barbara Pym transported to the American South, or a Willa Cather shorn of her frontier and her emotional aloofness. But, then--don't. Kaufman is an inimitable voice. You will be both soothed and transported by her delightful stories."--Paula Marantz Cohen

"Her attention to the nuances of the natural world and to the quiet oscillations in the lives of her speakers is both exemplary and heartbreaking. Her exquisite sense of measure and restraint make her reckonings of the complex junctures of our lives all the more compelling and powerful as she quilts together her many fabrics of human celebration."--David St. John

"A gifted, lyrical storyteller...she defines what it means not only to reflect on the breadth of one's experience with truth and grace but also to embrace the small, pivotal moments that, if attended to, have the power to transform us."--Francine Sterle