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The Woman in the Woods
Ann Joslin Williams
Ann Joslin Williams holds degrees from the University of New Hampshire and from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching Writing Fellow. She is also the recipient of fellowships from Stanford University's Wallace Stegner Program and from the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, StoryQuarterly, and Ploughshares, and was cited in Best American Short Stories, 2002. She lives in San Francisco and teaches at the California College of Arts.
Ann Joslin Williams's writing is authentic, hard-won, and amazingly effective. Her stories will work their way into your heart like shards of migrating iron. They are true and artful—I admire them for how the stitch of words recedes and the people inside emerge. The Woman in the Woods is the most courageous collection I've seen in a long time.
—Robert Olmstead, author of Stay Here with Me
Children and mating and rivers and rejoicing and farewells—The Woman in the Woods is made from the living, turning textures of family passions and despair, as years pass and they cherish and renew themselves, as families do. Ann Joslin Williams tells us an emotionally demanding and beautiful, if occasionally heartbreaking, story. . . . I both suffered and loved it.
—William Kittredge, author of The Willow Field
These stories move with the inexorable pull of a river, carrying us through cycles of love and loss, grief and hope, with such clear-eyed honesty that we come to feel the characters' emotions as our own. Williams is a brilliant observer of the natural world—not only of the patterns of weather and the changes of Northeast flora and fauna, but also of the forces that bring us together and pull us apart. The Woman in the Woods marks the debut of a wise and beautiful voice in American fiction, one that will stand as a powerful new presence in our literary landscape.
—Julie Orringer, author of How to Breath Underwater
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