Reflections from a Western Middle Age
Susan H. Swetnam
After a youth
spent in the East, the author
writes about the middle-age surprise of finding herself at "home"
in the intermountain region of southeastern Idaho. Indeed, she
finds joy in coming to terms with various "homes"with
life choices, with family, with philosophical concepts, with quirks
in her own personality, and with the need to keep adapting to lifes
in this collection of personal essays is a deep feeling and love
for her adopted homethe Intermountain West. It has touched
Swetnam with its beautiful, wild expanses, and its sometimes eccentric
human occupants. Swetnams recognition of her own increasing
foundation and maturity counters the assumption that youth must
represent the apex of life.
is a professor of English at Idaho State University in Pocatello,
prose vibrant with enthusiasm and fearlessly bold, [Swetnam] addresses
each moment of her life, and finds redemption
She rushes towards
the things of this world with a childs giddy trust, and to
read her is to become young in her wisdom."
Greg Kuzma, author of What Poetry is All About
1/2" x 8 1/4"
128 pages (2000)