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Mary Patterson Thornburg
Mary Patterson Thornburg was born in California, grew up in eastern Washington, and moved when she was eighteen to her parents' home state of Montana - where, after having spent many years in Indiana, she now lives again, with her husband Thomas Thornburg and their three cats.She taught for a... show more
Mary Patterson Thornburg was born in California, grew up in eastern Washington, and moved when she was eighteen to her parents' home state of Montana - where, after having spent many years in Indiana, she now lives again, with her husband Thomas Thornburg and their three cats.She taught for a long time at Ball State University and has published short stories, poems, and essays, along with several books: THE MONSTER IN THE MIRROR (a critical study of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and other gothic novels), WESTERING (poems, with her friend LaVerne Hanners), three CliffsNotes (on Uncle Tom's Cabin, two books by Sandra Cisneros, and Stevenson's Treasure Island), and - so far - one novel, UNDERLAND.Underland is a fantasy, an adventure novel, a coming-of-age book. Thornburg has this to say about it:Being native Montanans is very important to some people in this state, and they've got bumper stickers to prove it. These people are, for some reason, especially distressed about Californians moving here and upsetting the natural balance of things. Of course, native Montanans - people who were born here - are trumped by second-generation Montanans, who are trumped in turn by third-generation Montanans, and so forth, all the way back to Jim Bridger and the other "mountain men." But oddly, the hundredth-generation Montanans - whose great-great-great-etc.-grandparents lived here before all of them - generally don't count much to these people. They're even more alien than Californians. I suppose things are the same in some other places, too. In fact, this sort of thing seems to me to be part of what Underland is about. I didn't set out to write about racial pride and cultural identity and all of that, but some of it sneaked in--maybe the same way the mountains of the Great Range did, because I was writing in Montana.
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A Voracious Reader
A Voracious Reader rated it 5 years ago
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. A third helping of TKWC could make one appear gluttonous, but this huge heaping helping won’t make you put on an ounce. I swear! In fact, laughing at some of the humorous stories in this anthology will actually help you l...
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