The Plain Sense of Things by Pamela Carter Joern
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In prose as clean and beautiful as the stark prairie setting, The Plain Sense of Things tells the stories of three generations of a western Nebraska family. These tales of sorrow and hope are connected by the sinews of need and flawed love that keep families together. A farm wife struggles to support her children after the death of her second husband; a young woman grapples with the shift from girlhood to motherhood; World War II wreaks havoc on those left behind; and a failing farmstead breaks a family’s heart. Amid hardship and change, these interwoven stories illuminate the resilience and dignity—and the subtle sweetness—of a life lived in clear view of the plain sense of things. Download a Study Guide (pdf). 
 

About Pamela Carter Joern

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Pamela Carter Joern’s debut novel, The Floor of the Sky (available in a Bison Books edition), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of the Alex Award and the Nebraska Book Award. Joern is a playwright, the winner of a Tamarack Award, and the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board writing fellowship. Visit her Web site at www.pamelacarterjoern.com.
 
Published September 1, 2008 by Bison Books. 221 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Joern's second work of fiction (The Floor of the Sky, 2006) spans 50 years in the life of a large family on the Nebraska prairie.

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The 60-year-old Minneapolis writer, who is also a playwright and American Baptist minister, tells the stories of three generations of a Nebraska family in moving, muscular prose.

Nov 30 2008 | Read Full Review of The Plain Sense of Things (Fl...

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