Milkweed by Mary Gardner

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About Mary Gardner

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Gardner is a native midwesterner who lived for five years in Galveston, TX, where she became unofficial social worker to a group of Vietnamese families. She has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a recipient of a fellowship from the Danforth Foundation.
Published August 1, 1994 by Papier-Mache Press. 307 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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By the end, we can sing the refrain by heart: Some men are dolts, others untrustworthy, daughters become mothers become grandmothers, and ``nobody's to blame for life.'' A sad ballad in a minor key.

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Born on a North Dakota farm just after the turn of the century and cut adrift early by the murder of her parents, the uncompromising Susan May McIntire, protagonist of Gardner's second novel (after Keeping Warm) passes through 70 years holding others at a distance.

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