Sisters of Grass

Paperback | May 1, 2000

byTheresa Kishkan

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In her vibrant first novel Sisters of Grass, Theresa Kishkan weaves a tapestry of the senses through the touchstones of a young woman's life. Anna is preparing an exhibit of textiles reflecting life in central British Columbia a century ago. In a forgotten corner of a museum, she discovers a dusty cardboard box containing the century-old personal effects of a Nicola valley woman. Fascinated by the artifacts, she reconstructs the story of their owner, Margaret Stuart. Margaret, the daughter of a Native mother and a Scottish-American father, she tries to fit into both worlds. She's taught photography by a visiting Columbia University anthropology student that she falls in love with.

With strong, poetic language, Kishkan makes the past reverberate through the present in a richly patterned work celebrating the complexities and joys of life and the sustaining connections of family.

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  Photographs, a concert program and old newspaper articles about a gang of men are the simple possessions Anna uses to revisit and relive the life of Margaret Stuart. As she does, the reader encounters the coming-of-age tale of a girl caught in a struggle to maintain her grandmother’s ways while being tempted by the luxuries that kee...

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In her vibrant first novel Sisters of Grass, Theresa Kishkan weaves a tapestry of the senses through the touchstones of a young woman's life. Anna is preparing an exhibit of textiles reflecting life in central British Columbia a century ago. In a forgotten corner of a museum, she discovers a dusty cardboard box containing the century-...

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Letters, photographs, a program from a concert by Madame Albani, a buckskin jacket, clippings about the Bill Miner gang — mementos found by a museum curator organizing a display about central British Columbia a century ago. Infused with the spirit clinging to these personal treasures, Anna reconstructs the life of their owner, Margaret...

Theresa Kishkan came to national attention with her first novel, Sisters of Grass. A true "writer's writer," she has been steadfastly championed by her peers as a writer against whom others measure their own work. She is an enthusiastic organizer and participant in regional literary events. Kishkan's poetry and essays have appeared in ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 8.43 × 5.49 × 0.58 inPublished:May 1, 2000Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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  Photographs, a concert program and old newspaper articles about a gang of men are the simple possessions Anna uses to revisit and relive the life of Margaret Stuart. As she does, the reader encounters the coming-of-age tale of a girl caught in a struggle to maintain her grandmother’s ways while being tempted by the luxuries that keep coming from her family on the American side of the border. Find out where Margaret’s life ends and Anna’s begins in Sisters of the Grass.

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In her vibrant first novel Sisters of Grass, Theresa Kishkan weaves a tapestry of the senses through the touchstones of a young woman's life. Anna is preparing an exhibit of textiles reflecting life in central British Columbia a century ago. In a forgotten corner of a museum, she discovers a dusty cardboard box containing the century-old personal effects of a Nicola valley woman. Fascinated by the artifacts, she reconstructs the story of their owner, Margaret Stuart. Margaret, the daughter of a Native mother and a Scottish-American father, she tries to fit into both worlds. She's taught photography by a visiting Columbia University anthropology student that she falls in love with. With strong, poetic language, Kishkan makes the past reverberate through the present in a richly patterned work celebrating the complexities and joys of life and the sustaining connections of family."Nature is an exotic ingredient in this delightful imagined account of a young girl's awakening to womanhood a hundred years ago. Theresa Kishkan's prose is lyrical and exquisite. A book to treasure." — Edith Iglauer, author of Fishing with John