And Both Shall Row
A Novella and Stories
By Beth Lordan
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312206338, 192pp.)
Publication Date: March 1999
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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A New York Times Notable Book.
And Both Shall Row: A Novella and Stories brings to life the people of Clayborne, a small town where tornado-driven cows and family excursions gain epic stature and matters of the heart are paramount.
And Both Shall Row, the novella that lends its title to this collection, is the poignant story of two sisters growing old together who finally face a lifetime of betrayals in the last moments of one sister's life.
Beth Lordan imbues her characters with dignity and hounds them with doubts, forming tender, subtle stories about loss, regret, and unabated love.
Beth Lordan grew up in upstate New York, and now teaches writing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly and other publications.
"Moving, subtle, and beautifully written."--Alison Lurie
"A fine, strong collection, written in a voice that's utterly assured and utterly distinctive."--Robert Houston, The New York Times Book Review
"Lordan is definitely a writer to watch; she eschews flashy effects to build characters whose simple lives take on dignity and meaning."--Publishers Weekly