Castle Nowhere: Lake-Country Sketches. by Constance Fenimore Woolson.
ISBN: 1425540996
EAN13: 9781425540999
Language: English
Pages: 386
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 9.1" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Castle Nowhere is Constance Woolson's collection of stories set for the most part in the Great Lakes, in particular northern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron near Detroit.

Several themes inhabit Woolson's writing: an environmental consciousness and concern with landscapes; an awareness of the complexities of race; and an abidingly careful eye for the shallowness that sometimes accompanies wealth or social pretensions. She also had a unique perspective as a woman who pioneered the use of controversial subjects---such as unrequited or misplaced passion---and methods in fiction during a time that valorized domesticity.

As Margot Livesey notes in her introduction, reading about thwarted love is only one of the pleasures to be found in Castle Nowhere. The majority of these stories are set in remote areas on the shores of Lake Michigan, which Woolson evokes with great vividness and beauty while always remaining keenly aware that beauty in no way mitigates hardship. As a writer, she was nearly always looking over her shoulder, and many, if not all, of these stories were written at a time when she no longer visited the Lake and her beloved Mackinac Island.

Contemporary readers will find a curiously modern atmosphere in Woolson's stories, as well as a distinct regional flavor Read More chevron_right

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