Meghan O’Rourke is the culture editor of Slate and a poetry
editor of The Paris Review. She is the recipient of the 2005
Union League and Civic Arts Foundation Prize for poetry,
awarded by Poetry magazine.
Joan Chase’s subtle story of three generations of women in the American Midwest in the 1950s negotiating lifetimes of “joy and ruin” deserves its place alongside such achievements as Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine. “Moving, unusual and accomplished.”—Margaret Atwood