Thom Geier
November 24, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Queen of a Rainy Country

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Linda Pastan
publisher
W.W. Norton
genre
Fiction, Poetry

We gave it a B+

Linda Pastan includes topical verses about Abu Ghraib and 9/11 in her Queen of a Rainy Country, but this seventysomething mostly focuses on childhood, marriage, and mortality.

Sample Verse
Hearing her maiden name ”is like waking up after a too-long sleep/and having to rub the syllables from my eyes.”

Lowdown
Kitchen-table confessions — affectionate, wistful, sometimes unsettling.

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