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Where Somebody Waits

By Margaret Kaufman

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Format: Paperback, 201 pages
Published In: United States, 15 October 2013
This book instantly transports you to small-town Arkansas over a half-century ago -- a world of catfish and bourbon-and-Coke; of tent revival meetings and less boisterous discussions about heaven and hell; of finding love or just dreaming about it. A neighbourly community, but with its share of intrigues. And instantly you are under the spell of Ruby Davidson, the magnetic central character of "Where Somebody Waits". Self-assured, kind, always willing to take a stand for people less fortunate, at "five foot ten inches, with masses of red hair and a pompadour that increases her stature to six feet", she's also strikingly beautiful. Ruby loves her husband, adores her nephews and nieces, and more or less dutifully respects the tightly knit Jewish family into which she has married. Her life is filled with triumphs and failings, joy and sadness, lived with all possible grace, and told in a spirit of admirable and honest reflection. A full life, yes, but not an untroubled one, because Ruby also still loves her high-school sweetheart. How she comes to terms with this old, old conundrum and how it affects the lives of everyone around her shape the heart of Where Somebody Waits. Margaret Kaufman has written five books of poetry. A resident of Kentfield, California, she leads poetry workshops, teaches at the From Institute at the University of San Francisco, and edits both fiction and poetry. This is Kaufman's first book of fiction.

About the Author

Margaret Kaufman, poet and fiction writer, is the author of five books of poetry, including letterpress limited editions published by the Gefn Press (London), The Janus Press (Vermont), and Protean Press (San Francisco). Her first full-length collection, Snake at the Wrist, was published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2002. A resident of Kentfield, California, Kaufman leads poetry workshops, teaches at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco, and edits both fiction and poetry. Where Somebody Waits is her first book of fiction.

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"In the madcap, outspoken, yet hauntingly vulnerable Ruby, Kaufman has created an indelible character, one whose full life arc is succinctly yet voluptuously rendered through the incandescent vignettes of Kaufman's masterful first novel-in-stories." -- Booklist

EAN: 9781589880894
ISBN: 1589880897
Publisher: Paul Dry Books
Dimensions: 17.53 x 11.18 x 1.78 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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