Friday, September 04, 2020

Ten women-authored novels set in remote & forgotten places

Annie Lampman is the author of the novel Sins of the Bees and the limited-edition letterpress poetry chapbook Burning Time. Her short stories, poetry, and narrative essays have been published in sixty-some literary journals and anthologies such as The Normal School, Orion Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, and Women Writing the West. She has been awarded the 2020 American Fiction Award in Thriller: Crime, the Dogwood Literary Award in Fiction, the Everybody Writes Award in Poetry, a Best American Essays “Notable,” a Pushcart Prize special mention, a Literature Fellowship special mention by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and a wilderness artist’s residency in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness through the Bureau of Land Management. Lampman is an Associate Professor of Honors Creative Writing at the Washington State University Honors College. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a bevy of pets (including a tabby named Bonsai and a husky named Tundra) in Moscow, Idaho on the rolling hills of the Palouse Prairie in another 1800s farmhouse. She has a pollinator garden full of native flowers, herbs, berries, song birds, squirrels, butterflies, bumble bees, solitary bees, and honeybees.

At CrimeReads, Lampan tagged "ten novels [that] fulfill all the promise settings of the remote or forgotten have to offer to compelling and diverse women-authored fiction," including:
Perma Red, Debra Magpie Earling

Set on Montana’s Flathead Reservation in the 1940s, this lyrical novel explores the heart of the stark Montana landscape with characters and events that have stayed with me vividly over a decade-and-a-half after I first read it. The sensory detailing of the natural world is exquisite, conjuring the place so fully you feel it as deeply as your own experience and that of the characters as well. Gritty, horrific, gorgeous, haunting, and deeply-wrought portrayals of a place and the people within it make for a kind of rare magic that embodies the land and the characters of the land, making this novel have universal lasting power.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue