A Stone Bridge North by Kate Maloy
Reflections in a New Life

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A middle-aged woman with a teenage son rediscovers her Quaker faith, and quits her urban life for a homestead in the woods of Vermont. . "I lived a straight-edged life, a cubist arrangement of familiar rectangles: office, computer screen, paycheck, city blocks, mortgage, calendar pages, television screen. These were more confining than I knew. Most confining of all, for most of those years, was the four-square house I occupied like a resentful ghost through half my marriage...I am no longer a ghost in my life. " --from the Prologue A Stone Bridge North is the author's own story of "miracles found and fears allayed" in the journey out of a confining urban existence and into a simpler, more joyous life. To tell this story fully, she must look through changed eyes at her past-at childhood anxieties, family disaffections, failed marriages, late motherhood, restless boredom, and, paradoxically, a native talent for joy. She learns that she has been guided by faith even when she thought she had none. She begins to discern purpose and design both in her stories and in the light by which she sees them-a light refracted through a Quaker lens that searches for the sacred in all people. As the four seasons turn, she celebrates the loves of her new life-family, friends, language, silence, and the extraordinary landscape of Vermont.

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Kate Maloy is the author of the memoir "A Stone Bridge North: Reflections in a New Life." Her work has been published online in "Literary Mama" and "VerbSap" and in the "Readerville Journal, " the "Kenyon Review, " and the anthologies "For Keeps" and "Choice." She lives with her husband on the central coast of Oregon. Author Web site: www.katemaloy.com.
Published January 1, 2002 by Counterpoint Press. 313 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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A middle-aged woman who moved to Vermont to begin a new life pens an earnest, well-crafted celebration of the discovery of love, self-knowledge, and meaning.

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In her mid-50s, writer Maloy moved from Pittsburgh to northern Vermont, leaving behind her "right-angled, urban existence" (a couple of failed marriages and an uninspiring career as a freelance writer).

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It certainly more than fulfills her goal of honoring “the abundant gifts that have brought me a new partner, a new home and a new view of both my own life and the human saga of which it is a small but inseparable part.” One of the boons of Vermont is that Maloy comes to a deeper and more tact...

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