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Daughters of Empire: A Year in Britain and Beyond
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by Jane Satterfield
Winner of the Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal for the Essay

published by Demeter Press

Publication date: June 30, 2009

Category: Nonfiction/Memoir
ISBN 978-1-55014-503-8
140 pages

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A thoughtful and emotionally charged memoir of pilgrimage and transformation, Daughters of Empire weighs the powerful individual drama of pregnancy and motherhood against a larger backdrop of culture shock and marital tension. A dual British-American national on her first return trip to England in over a decade, Jane Satterfield faced a woman’s fundamental decision: to become a mother or to forge a new life on her own. That the decision was not so simple was only the first of many revelations. Satterfield casts a loving yet skeptical glance on the world of mid-‘90s Britain as well as the cultural and literary legacy that continues to haunt, shape, and challenge her. In a voice by turns tender, insightful, and funny, Satterfield brings to life a provocative personal history through fascinating detours into music, popular culture, and literary mothers such as the Brontës, Sylvia Plath, and Angela Carter.

About Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond
“Daughters of Empire reaches us on many levels—as the memoir of an emerging artist, a young mother, a woman trying to locate her nationality and her place in the world…This intelligent, candid book is filled with movement, wit, tenderness, and vitality. Satterfield writes in a variety of forms and voices to produce a story that is powerful and close to the bone.”
--Valerie Miner, author of The Low Road: A Scottish Family Memoir

“The mark of a real writer is in every sentence, and Jane Satterfield’s memoir, which speculates on paths and tracks, both physical and spiritual, discovers its own individual path with complex, erudite, and poetic sentences that give pleasure all along the way. Surprising, enlightening, and full of depth, this is a nuanced story of return, birth and rebirth, and the multiple echoes of ‘home.’”
--Rodger Kamenetz, author of The History of Last Night’s Dream

“Daughters of Empire is a brave and wise admixture: a yearning and a knowing; a lyric and a guide; a meditation on exile by one who writes so poignantly, so brilliantly that embrace is the reader’s first urge.”
--Beth Kephart, author of Ghosts in the Garden

Jane Satterfield is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and the author of Assignation at Vanishing Point (Elixir, 2003) and Shepherdess with an Automatic (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2000). Born in England and educated in the U.S., she holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has received three Maryland State Arts Council grants in poetry, and her nonfiction awards include the Florida Review’s Editors’ Prize, The Heekin Foundation’s Cuchulain Fellowship, the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize, and the Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, poet Ned Balbo, and her daughter Catherine, and teaches at Loyola University.

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