Leaving the Pink House


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$18.00  $16.74
University of Iowa Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Ladette Randolph is the editor-in-chief of Ploughshares, the editor of three literary anthologies, and the author of the novels Haven's Wake and the award-winning A Sandhills Ballad and the short-story collection This Is Not the Tropics. She is on the faculty of the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department at Emerson College and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Rona Jaffe grant, a Virginia Faulkner Award, a Best New American Voices citation, and two Nebraska Book Awards. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


"Like most ordinary lives, Ladette Randolph's has been secretly extraordinary--odd, difficult, beautiful, in its understated way heroic. Set in my home state, Leaving the Pink House is a deeply evocative and clear-eyed depiction of a quintessentially American search for home that reminds me of both Willa Cather and Alexander Payne, of why I love Nebraska and why I left."--Kurt Andersen, author, True Believers

"Ladette Randolph gets right to the heart of our primal fascination with houses, with heritage, and with the ever shifting definitions of home. I can't decide which I'm more in love with; the soul comforts of the pink house, the unwieldy romance of the country house, or all the magical and maddening places that came before them. This book charmed me and moved me--and, I daresay, made me want to move."--Meghan Daum, author, Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

"Like the best memoirs, Leaving the Pink House is not one story but many. It's a meditation on love and marriage; an elegy for lost things, including houses and faith; a meditation on risk and gratitude; and, finally, a paean to the landscape and people of Ladette Randolph's native Nebraska."--Jennifer Brice, author, Unlearning to Fly