Queen of a Rainy Country (2006) 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,… 2006-10-02 Fiction Poetry W.W. Norton
Book Review

Queen of a Rainy Country (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 02, 2006; Writer: Linda Pastan; Genres: Fiction, Poetry; Publisher: W.W. Norton

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.

Originally posted Nov 24, 2006 Published in issue #909 Dec 01, 2006 Order article reprints