Dropped Threads 3: Beyond The Small Circle

April 11, 2006|
Dropped Threads 3: Beyond The Small Circle by Marjorie Anderson
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In the tradition of the bestselling Dropped Threads and Dropped Threads 2 comes this new collection of essays from well-known writers and new voices.

Ever since the publication of the first two Dropped Threads books, readers and writers have longed for another installment — and here it is. For this collection, editor Marjorie Anderson took a new thematic path, searching out pieces that don’t necessarily focus on what women haven’t been told, but rather on what they have to tell. In Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle, thirty-five women open up their own small circles of experience to others in ways that not only illuminate the lives of individual women but add more threads to the already-rich tapestry of our collective conversation.

These essays focus on personal discoveries that, for various reasons, need to be shared: the writers tell us about family secrets, sexuality, rebellion, crevices of deep joy or regret; about finding connections to nature, to animals, to a “tribe” to which one can belong; about embracing forgiveness, kindness, and new perspectives beyond the circle of individual sight. Barbara McLean tells us of the sister she never knew, and how recovering her story shed light on how grief can take so many different forms. June Callwood explores the continuity that flows between mothers and daughters, and the mysterious, chance happenings that form character. Frances Itani writes about how the voices of the women in her family – her aunts and grandmother relaying stories around the kitchen table – are as integral to her life as her own genetic code. Melanie Janzen sees connections between a Ugandan women’s collective and the neighbourhood women of her childhood, but has trouble finding a similar community of support in her own life today. And in all of the pieces, there is a powerful sense that the understanding that comes from writing and reading can enrich our lives beyond measure.

As Marjorie Anderson writes in her foreword, we trust first-person narratives precisely because they give us an inside view into someone else’s world; here, as in the best of our personal conversations, there are “no assertions of absolute truth, no earth-shaking revelations or attempts to manipulate another’s belief, just individual voices making individual claims on the discovery of meaning.” With Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle, Anderson has created a forum in which Canadian women can share their personal discoveries with honesty, insight and humour.

Marjorie Anderson (foreword)
Margaret Atwood
June Callwood
Tracey Ann Coveart
Lorna Crozier
Andrea Curtis
Norma DePledge
Maggie de Vries
M.A.C. Farrant
Liane Faulder
Natalie Fingerhut
Lorri Neilsen Glenn
Marie-Lynn Hammond
Harriet Hart
Frances Itani
Melanie D. Janzen
Gillian Kerr
Chantal Kreviazuk
Silken Laumann
Jodi Lundgren
Ann-Marie MacDonald (introduction)
C.B. Mackintosh
Heather Mallick
Barbara McLean
Barbara Mitchell
Bernice Morgan
Patricia Pearson
Beth Powning
Judy Rebick
Susan Riley
Lauri Sarkadi
Barbara Scott
Jodi Stone
Cathy Stonehouse
J. C. Szasz
Aritha van Herk
Janice Williamson
Marjorie Anderson has a Ph.D. in literature and taught in the English Department and Faculty of Management at the University of Manitoba for twenty years. During that time she was awarded the University’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and was chosen to teach in a number of international programs, including an MBA program in th...
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Title:Dropped Threads 3: Beyond The Small Circle
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:400 pages, 8.9 X 6 X 1.3 in
Shipping dimensions:400 pages, 8.9 X 6 X 1.3 in
Published:April 11, 2006
Publisher:Random House of Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780679313854

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