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Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In this perceptive, profoundly moving meditation on love and loss -- and the often poignant connection between the two -- Beth Powning shares the lessons that time and nature have taught her.Like many young women with career ambitions in the redefining 1960s, Beth Powning struggles with the decision as to whether, and when, she should start a family, although eventually he ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published April 30th 2000 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 2000)
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My favorite type of writing all combined: a good story, a mother's memoir written with gorgeous metaphor, lyrical prose, all grounded in nature and beauty. I read this with commonplace book in hand and savor each word. A Canadian Katrina Kenison. 6/5.
Dec 19, 2012 Mandy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: grief
As I finished this book, I found myself thinking, "I'll need to read this book again someday." There are many layers here, not just about the loss of a child, but about being a woman, being creative, and what it means to live in the wake of that loss.
I had this book in my possession (borrowed) for over a month before I could gather the courage to actually read it. At first I thought it was rather self indulgent and the language too pretty, but I think I was mostly scared to read what was there. But a day of waiting with no other distractions got me started and once I got past the idyllic childhood section I got hooked into her story - I think it starts off as "I was a smart and precocious child..." which really put me off until she starts wr ...more
I resonated with this writer far more than any other I've read. She generously invites her readers into her life of grief and healing.
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Beth Powning was born in a small town in Connecticut. She attended E.O. Smith High School, and Sarah Lawrence College, where she majored in creative writing. Powning moved to New Brunswick, Canada in 1970.

Powning's work has been widely published in books, anthologies, and magazines. She is known for her lyrical, powerful writing and the profound emotional honesty of her work.

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