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Raw Edges: A Memoir
by Phyllis Barber
University of Nevada Press, 2012
Paper: 978-0-87417-881-4 | eISBN: 978-0-87417-808-1 | Cloth: 978-0-87417-807-4
Library of Congress Classification CT275.B3675A3 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.893092

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When Phyllis Barber’s thirty-three-year marriage ended, she had to redefine herself as a woman, a mother, and an artist. Raw Edges is her moving account of the “lean years” that followed her divorce. It is interwoven with a narrative of the marriage of two gifted people that begins with “sealing” in a Mormon temple, endures through the birth of four sons and the development of two careers, and founders when the couple’s personal needs no longer match their aspirations or the rigid strictures of Mormon life. Raw Edges reflects the predicament that many women experience as their marriages disintegrate and they fail to achieve their own expectations as well as those set by their society and their faith. It is also a story of hope, of how a woman overcome by grief and confusion eventually finds a new approach to life.



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