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Prairie Silence: A Memoir Hardcover – January 8, 2013
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“In Prairie Silence, Melanie Hoffert shows how the landscapes of our childhood continue to speak to us, and through us, long after we’ve left them behind. In this beautifully written and deeply imagined memoir, Hoffert invites us back to her North Dakota farming community for a season of harvest, a personal journey of profound courage and grace.” —Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean
“Hoffert’s bittersweet and compelling memoir recalls her struggles at ending her silence and creating a fuller life for herself. She illuminates the quiet grace of the people and land she loves and mourns the passing of a way of life.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The quiet, lyric prose of Melanie Hoffert’s Prairie Silence crept into my days, making it impossible for me to stop turning pages. This book is about looking for oneself in places we are so often afraid to venture. A beautiful debut from a brave new writer.” —Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance
“This is a gorgeous book that evokes quiet country mornings and loud self-examination. . . . If you once believed that you can’t truly ever go home again, Prairie Silence is a book you’ll be eager to read.” –Washington Blade
“A heartfelt love song to a place and its people as well as an honest and rewarding rendering of the author’s interior landscape.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Hoffert’s intimate memoir of place reveals a personal journey both fraught and wondrous, and a present reality of surprising richness.” —Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling
Top Customer Reviews
In any case, this many year journey takes the reader on a weave of Melanie trying to align her home town values, religion (OMG who won't identify with the judgment there), her confusion and guilt about her sexuality (again, many laughs), and what people will make of her.
The writing is tight, characters well drawn complete with their backgrounds (just enough), feelings and motives. In some sense the poignancy is how guarded the writer is in the beginning which aligns with the title. Don't know if it was intentional or not but it resonated with me. I enjoyed the read, shed a few tears, especially at the ending. Well done!
I grew up in that same small town. Ms. Hoffert captured it so well with her words, and I am pleased. I have lived in other parts of the country and world for 24 years, and I long for that same prairie every day. I was so happy to see that I'm not the only one who sees our piece of flat prairie as a place of beauty. It is very difficult to explain to others why it is so appealing. We don't have mountains, an ocean, or bustling city streets with a variety of entertainment from others. What we have is a beautiful peacefulness. People who are the salt of the earth. A place we can always call home, and people who remember us no matter how long we've been gone.
Ms. Hoffert's writing flows in a way that draws the reader into her world to experience her feelings as she shares the events of her life. I found it difficult to put the book down, and I finished it in two days...only because I had to go to work in the middle of it! I have gained a new understanding and empathy for those who struggle with their sexuality and try to reconcile it with their faith. I pray that Ms. Hoffert has opened people's minds, as she has mine.
As others have written, anyone who reads this book will come away with a lesson learned and an understanding of something that you will be able to apply to your own life in some way.
What an amazing woman, and it honestly it is the BEST BOOK I have ever read.
I can say I have never read a book as fast as Prairie Silence: A Memoir. Once, I opened the cover I could not set it down.
I cried, giggled and cried some more. It was the most beautiful, heartfelt & honest book I have read.
I hope that it will touch everyone the way it touched me. I hope it opens the eyes of those who do not understand the war, internally people go through to find who they truly are. I commend you for being an amazing woman. Thank you Melanie for putting your heart and soul out in the book, for being a model to those who do not have the words or ability to say what they wish they could.
Ready for book number 2.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for anyone who wishes to gain some understanding of the benefits and challenges of growing up in a rural area as a gay woman. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Judy McLean
Beautifully written. Much more than a story about rural America.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
While Melanie Hoffert was quick to leave her North Dakota home when she got the chance, she has always felt a longing for everything that said home represents. Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. Jefferson
This book is a gem. Having grown up on a farm in western Minnesota, not too far from the areas described, much of what she wrote seemed so familiar. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alan
The story is more universal than is implied in the description. All human beings long to be known and not judged for who they are in their essence. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Traci Drake
I admit to some bias, most of my growing up years were in Wyndmere, ND. That being said, I thought Ms. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Judith I. Padgett
This is an excellent book. I was deeply touched by the authors vulnerability in telling some of her story. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Keith L. Jensen