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The Painted Forest

Krista Eastman (author)

ISBN: 9781949199192

Publication Date: Jun 2019

Format: Paperback

In this often-surprising book of essays, Krista Eastman explores the myths we make about who we are and where we are from. The Painted Forest upends easy narratives of place, embracing tentativeness and erasing boundaries.
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In this often-surprising book of essays, Krista Eastman explores the myths we make about who we are and where we're from. The Painted Forest uncovers strange and little-known "home places" –not only the picturesque hills and valleys of the author's childhood in rural Wisconsin, but also tourist towns, the "under-imagined and overly caricatured" Midwest, and a far-flung station in Antarctica where the filmmaker Werner Herzog makes an unexpected appearance.

The Painted Forest upends easy narratives of place, embracing tentativeness and erasing boundaries. But it is Eastman's willingness to play–to follow her curiosity down every odd path, to exude a skeptical wonder–that gives this book depth and distinction. An unlikely array of people, places, and texts meet for close conversation, and tension is diffused with art, imagination, and a strong sense of there being some other way forward. Eastman offers a smart and contemporary take on how we wander and how we belong.

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The Painted Forest is a surprising and tender book in which a reader might be reminded of the considered natural observations of Annie Dillard, the unrelenting gaze of Lia Purpura, or the masterful storytelling of Jo Ann Beard. Eastman is interested in interrogating the history and ethos of several specific places, including her own home state of Wisconsin, as well as elegantly demonstrating the ways in which landscapes shift and morph through generations and recall."- Caryl Pagel, author of Twice Told

"In this shimmering collection, Krista Eastman blends imagined scene with researched fact to bring us fresh visions of places we thought we knew. From examinations of home to 'laughter from nowhere,' from the Wisconsin Dells to Antarctica's McMurdo Station, from an itinerant painter's elliptical masterwork to gestation's feral undertow, Eastman casts a spell that renders us 'still captive to the mystery in distance, still loyal to the pledge found in story."- Joni Tevis, author of The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse
Illustrations 5 illustrations
Pages 144
Dimensions 178 x 127
Date Published 30 Jun 2019
Publisher West Virginia University Press
Series In Place
Subject/s The natural world, country life & pets   Travel writing   Biography & True Stories  
  • Scrap Metal (A Prologue)
  • Insider's Almanac
  • Wonder Spot
  • Middle West
  • The Painted Forest
  • Everybody Comes Round Here
  • Animals
  • My Youth
  • Layers of Ice
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
Krista Eastman's writing has earned recognition from Best American Essays and appeared in The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review (KROnline), New Letters, and other journals. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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