Beulah Land by Krista McGruder

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An undertaker lobbies to bury a convicted murderer in a Kansas public cemetery. In the Black Hills, a lawyer prods her Native American grandmother for clues about a family death. An injured dancer waits to hear whether her cousin has survived a dangerous trip out on the lake. Trusting in his estranged daughter, an Oklahoma father attempts to save his farm. A cancer patient revisits her grandfather’s struggle to preserve Ozark wildlife. In Beulah Land’s thirteen stories, lush country settings are juxtaposed against taut urban landscapes. Every character speaks out with their own unique, inimitable and intimate voice. Between New York City and Key West, between the Dakotas and Oklahoma, Krista McGruder’s prose creates a literate, disparate landscape of people both wandering and entrenched. In Beulah Land, geographic and emotional desolation are always present and surmountable.

About Krista McGruder

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Krista Le McGruder was raised in Neosho, Missouri. She won the National Championship for Extemporaneous Commentary and graduated as valedictorian of her Neosho High School class. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale, achieving distinction in the major of political science and winning the Katherine K. Walker essay prize. Her fiction has appeared in The North American Review and The Best of Carve Magazine and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She attends The New School Universityżs fiction M.F.A. program. Bulldogs Wilbur and Harriett and boyfriend żTigerż John Miller share her home in New Yorkżs west village.
Published October 1, 2003 by Toby Press. 283 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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