Women in the Grove by Paula Peterson

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Women in the Grove offers nine surprising, impossible-to-put-down stories about lives filled with loneliness, love, humor, grace, and mortality. The women are black, white, immigrants, faculty wives; they are in rehab and in high school, and each is filled with the imperative to go on living. In story after story Peterson presents the humanity of each of her characters even as they are compelled to make impossible choices-sometimes disastrous ones-about how they will spend the rest of their days. Theirs is an entirely fresh and unexpected brand of heroism.

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Paula W. Peterson is the author ofPenitent, with Roses: An HIV+ Mother Reflects,winner of the Bakeless Prize for Nonfiction from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. Her short fiction has appeared inThe Iowa Review, Nimrod, Carolina Quarterly, The Greensboro Review,and other journals, and both her stories and essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Peterson lives outside of Chicago.
Published April 15, 2005 by Beacon Press. 216 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Song of Camille” is the masterpiece here, a breathtaking blend of humor, fury, and sorrow that realistically reminds us there are no unmixed happy endings—the heroine achieves real understanding and self-control just as she loses her job and her daughter is suspended from school—but also conveys...

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Peterson, author of Penitent with Roses , a memoir of her life as an HIV-positive mother, continues to explore the ramifications of AIDS in this unconventional collection, which focuses mostly on California women who have received a positive diagnosis for HIV.

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Although their stories are set in San Francisco area, the protagonists of Women in the Grove portray nine modern-day HIV-positive mothers coming from different corners of life, giving the collection a multi-cultural, multi-ethnical and multi-social element...

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