Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Women's Studies. DRAWING THE LINE is the story of personal adventure and redemption, tracing a life lived continually on the edge between chaos and harmony, tragedy and joy. Beyond her recounting of extraordinary places and events, Susan Gardner gives us a perceptive, generational voice. She recalls pivotal decades of societal change and touches on basic themes of human experience that are universal and timeless. Spanning six decades and various countries of East Asia, Europe and Mexico, it tells of a precocious child driven to excel and to escape a turbulent, combative home life. We experience the struggles and accomplishments of a uniquely gifted woman as she overcomes official strictures and domestic discord to become an accomplished artist. Ultimately, we see her break free of old patterns and constraints to live the joyous complexity of personal fulfillment and the promise of a new beginning.
Author City: SANTA FE, NM USA
Susan Gardner is an internationally known Santa Fe poet, painter and photographer and the founding editor of Red Mountain Press. She has authored six books including LIFTED TO THE WIND, TO INHABIT THE FELT WORLD, the bilingual BOX OF LIGHT/CAJA DE LUZ, STONE MUSIC, Intimate Landscapes, and a memoir, DRAWING THE LINE. She has lived and worked in Asia, Mexico and Europe as well as the United States and Canada, with numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries and extensive lectures and readings. She delivered the Cam Memorial Lecture at the New York Public Library, where she was also honored to be granted a year in the Allen Room. She has presented programs at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Folger Library, among many others. She has been a house builder, scholarly researcher, teacher, and landscape designer. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Diane Thomas @ Blood Lotus
Memoir Honorable Mention for the Eric Hoffer Prize
Jessica Treat @ Drunken Boat