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Where She Went

(1998)
A collection of stories by

 
 
A stunning debut collection of interconnected stories charting the lives of a mother and daughter--together and apart--over four decades

The linked stories in Kate Walbert's debut collection, Where She Went, examine the contemporary predicament of a family without geographic roots. The first half of the book chronicles the life of Marion Clark, a company wife who repeatedly packs the household and accompanies her husband around the globe with a "melancholy view before her of what seemed like endless houses with endless garages and endless kitchen windows." In the stories that follow, her free-spirited adult daughter Rebecca continues the family legacy of wandering, traveling farther and farther afield, seeking to fulfill her mother's thwarted aspirations. But Rebecca's world is one viewed with a slightly off-kilter eye, one that invokes Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, Mohammed's faithful followers at Topkapi Palace, as well as the landscapes of Italy and Jamaica, Istanbul and Paris.

From a patchwork of communication that unfolds between mother and daughter, Walbert creates a narrative that is both fractured and lyrical. Where She Went is an epic for our times--an Odyssey that takes home on the road.

Genre: Sagas

Praise for this book

"Lyrical, sad, beautiful, and triumphant stories of journeys deep inside one's soul." - Edwidge Danticat


Used availability for Kate Walbert's Where She Went

Hardback Editions

August 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: Where She Went: Stories
Author(s): Kate Walbert
ISBN: 1-889330-15-9 / 978-1-889330-15-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarabande Books
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Paperback Editions

December 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Where She Went: Stories
Author(s): Kate Walbert
ISBN: 0-14-028363-3 / 978-0-14-028363-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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