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Cora Fry's Pillow Book

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Through the persona of Cora Fry, a wife and mother living in a small New Hampshire town, Rosellen Brown explores the ambivalent ties of love, loyalty, marriage, and family in a series of related poems. This volume includes the entire text of Cora Fry (1977), a kind of dramatic monologue, written in spare, simple lines, which describes the young woman's daily life and troub ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 31st 1996 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1994)
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Jan 12, 2013 Beth rated it liked it
Recommended to Beth by: Christine
This one is definitely a novel in poems as opposed to a novel in verse. What's the difference? Well, unlike Omeros or Autobiography of Red (the latter of which is subtitled A Novel in Verse), its segments are untitled lyric poems rather than numbered chapters. As the title suggests, it resembles a diary. Set in rural New Hampshire, it's mostly about the speaker/protagonist's relationships: with her husband, children, parents, brother, friends, even her hometown. In fact the poems are mostly abou ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
I read the original (Cora Fry) when my marriage was falling apart. This new edition contains the original text and the newer poems (Cora Fry's Pillow Book). I gave away my original copy and bought this new edition because there's some poetry that is wanting to be written about a woman in an old photograph that I bought at a flea market.
Paula Mckinley
Well crafted, sharp, poignant with lines that you constantly think about and turn over in your mind. This is one that I borrowed from the library and I am going to buy!
This book is amazing!! I love it so much. You fall in love with Cora Fry and the poems stick with you years later. It would be a great book to teach because it blends the genres of poetry and fiction, and is short enough that high school students wouldn't be too intimidated. A lovely little book!
Jul 17, 2007 Elana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you know poetry could have a story line? This is a collection of two books of poetry about a small-town New Hampshire woman. Love it!
Debra Hale-Shelton
Oct 01, 2007 Debra Hale-Shelton rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: poetry lovers and those who don't think they like poetry
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Relevant, real-life poems. I loved this little book by novelist, poet, essayist Rosellen Brown.
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Rosellen Brown (born May 12, 1939) is an American author, and has been an instructor of English and creative writing at several universities, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Houston. She has won several grants and awards for her work. The 1996 film Before and After was adapted from her novel of the same name.

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