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In the Gathering Woods

In the Gathering Woods

(2000)
A collection of stories by

 
2000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Winner
Selected by Frank Conroy

In the Gathering Woods contains a cast of characters who hail from the same Italian ancestors, but whose stories come at us unbounded by time and space. The book opens early in the twentieth century, with a narrator's boyhood recollections of gathering mushrooms with his grandfather - a narrator who seems still haunted by a terrifying local legend that tormented him as a boy. We skip backward to a young shepherd-artist in the Apennine mountains in the 1500s, who yearns to be discovered, as Giotto was. Later, a preverbal baby accumulates bits of the conversation carried on by adults at the table above her head; a neurologist from Chicago returns to the Apennines to deposit shards of glass at a grave.

Whether they speak in the lost dialect of an immigrant, of infancy, or of an adolescent girl's school lessons, these stories call up fragments of language in a struggle to understand and attempt to console through the act of reassembling. The language of these stories is both lyrical and comic, providing insight through the details of Bernardi's writing.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 2000 : USA Hardback
Title: In the Gathering Woods (Fiction Drue Heinz)
Author(s): Adria Bernardi
ISBN: 0-8229-4131-7 / 978-0-8229-4131-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
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Paperback Editions

February 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: In the Gathering Woods (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)
Author(s): Adria Bernardi
ISBN: 0-8229-5782-5 / 978-0-8229-5782-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
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Kindle Editions

October 2000 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: In the Gathering Woods (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)
Author(s): Adria Bernardi
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
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