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A Story Of Violence & Redemption

Set among the conservative rural working poor of the Blue Ridge Mountains and America’s War on Terror raging in the background, Sarah St. Vincent has chosen an austere backdrop for her debut novel, Ways To Hide In Winter. She deftly uses her experience as a human rights lawyer, working with victims of domestic violence to portray convincing and emotional depth to her characters. Her story unfolds with Kathleen, a survivor of a car crash that left her widowed at twenty-two. She retreats to a remote corner of a state park, where she works flipping burgers for deer hunters and hikers – happy, she insists to be left alone. But, when a stranger appears in the dead of winter, seemingly out of nowhere, Kathleen is intrigued, despite herself. He says he’s a student from Uzbekistan, and his worldliness fills her with curiosity about life beyond the valley. After a cautious friendship settles between them, the stranger confesses to a terrible crime in his own country, and Kathleen finds herself in the grip of a manhunt – and face-to-face with secrets of her own. In our next edition, Sarah St. Vincent talks with Norman B about Ways To Hide In Winter and a topic she knows much about – domestic abuse.

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Show #299 V2

#yesallwomen Explained

Audrey BilgerThe latest edition of Life Elsewhere began with a conversation about #yesallwomen and the backlash against women speaking out about the pervasiveness of violence against women. Our guests were Audrey Bilger,author, professor of literature and gender studies and Faculty Director of the Center for Writing & Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College and Shira Tarrantauthor, professor & social critic, political scientist and associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at California State University, Long Beach.  Shira TarrantThe two professors eloquently gave their well-considered insights on the topic and provided valuable links. Audrey Bilger shared When Women Refuse a Tumblr where women share their stories of violence inflicted on them because they rejected sexual advances. Shira Tarrant shared three links to groups involving men working to prevent men’s violence, White Ribbon, Men Can Stop Rape and Voice Male Magazine. We here at Life Elsewhere encourage you to visit all these sites and mention we sent you.

This week’s Hit That Never Was featured English chanteuse, Jade Williams, aka Sunday Girl with her enchanting cover of Where is My Mind, a song from the Pixies debut album, Surfer Rosa.

In the last segment of the program, Norman B introduced Jowita Bydlowska the author of Drunk Mom: A Memoir, by saying, “This book is Harrowing! Brutally Honest and Courageous!” Ms. Bydlowska tells the painfully true story of her struggles with motherhood and alcoholism. Its a brutally frank account of how Jowita spent her time trying to figure out where she could buy her booze, trying to hide her drinking from her boyfriend, and perhaps most difficult, calculating how much she drank and how much time needed to pass before she could safely nurse her son.

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