Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and PlaceGenre: Memoir. Is this just an example of the randomness of nature, or is it related to the fact that Williams and her family were residing in the "virtually uninhabited" plains downwind of the atomic bomb testing grounds from to ? When her book begins, Williams' mother has just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and the book follows the next five years of her life and death. At the same time, the Great Salt Lake is rising to record heights, flooding the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and scattering the birds and animals with whom Williams has lived her life. The interplay of the uncontrollable elements of nature and the inevitability of life and death make this book an elegant study of "renewal and spiritual grace," and an excellent and unusual telling of a daughter learning how to grieve for her mother.
Terry Tempest Williams reads in Bellingham, 2012
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Look Inside. Sep 01, ISBN Mar 18, ISBN In the spring of Terry Tempest Williams learned that her mother was dying of cancer. That same season, The Great Salt Lake began to rise to record heights, threatening the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and the herons, owls, and snowy egrets that Williams, a poet and naturalist, had come to gauge her life by.
The Refuge serves many purposes, including the protection of the marshes around the Bear River, particularly those located at the mouth of the river. The Great Salt Lake ecosystem depends upon the marshes, which are the largest freshwater component of the system. Because the marshes are surrounded by desert, waterfowl routinely flock to the area which they see as an oasis. The themes contained in the book are many. Many members of the Tempest family have suffered with or died from cancer. The author uses the cycles of nature as a metaphor for her relationship with her mother who, after four years, dies from ovarian cancer.
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This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is wrongfully on our website, we offer a simple DMCA procedure to remove your content from our site. Start by pressing the button below! Terry Tempest VVilliarns has never been a book like Refuge, an entirely original yet tragically commOn story, brought e Terry Tempest VVilliarns has never been a book like Refuge, an entirely original yet tragically commOn story, brought exquisitely to life Her demonstration of how deeply human emotional life can become intertwined with a particular landscape could not be more relevant to our lives.