The lives and histories of the denizens of Tenney's Landing, a small Pennsylvania river town, intersect in ways both incidental and intimate as the townspeople learn that their capacity for hope and forgiveness is greater than they thought. In "Where the Devil Lost His Blanket," Elizabeth Tenney embarks on an unexpected journey to return the remains of her deceased neighbor to South America. In "Jordan's Stand," a gruff old farmer forms an unlikely friendship with a young widow. In "The Springhouse," a woman decides to leave her husband and return to Tenney's Landing, where she becomes the unofficial guardian of all manner of community secrets.
Evocative, resonant, and exquisitely tender, these stories capture moments of change -- upheaval, renewal, and the quieter revolutions inspired by the small eventfulness of everyday life. Catherine Tudish's remarkable debut illuminates the shared human condition through the particulars of a small American town.
Catherine Tudish is the author of the acclaimed short story collection Tenney's Landing. Tudish taught writing and literature at Harvard for eight years before moving to Vermont to work as a journalist and fiction writer. She now teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English and Dartmouth College.
Publisher: Scribner (February 7, 2006)
Length: 288 pages
"The women of Tenney's Landing are the sort I'm always wishing I'd meet more often in real life -- smart, large-hearted, soulful, brave." -- Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls and Straight Man
"The narrators are storytellers, and with perfectly pitched simplicity of prose Tudish elevates the role stories have in a community. Through the writing, we are moved by community legacy and are reminded of the ties that bind." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"A remarkable debut collection, Tenney's Landing is wise, funny, memorable and a delight to read." -- Burlington Free Press
"In a world filled with postmodern acrobatics and meta-fiction, Tudish offers unself-conscious tenderness. These are serious and ambitious stories, and one can only wish that more will come." -- Nashville Scene
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