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Kim Barnes's Books

In the Kingdom of Men
1967. Gin Mitchell knows a better life awaits her when she marries hometown hero Mason McPhee. Raised in a two-room shack by her Oklahoma grandfather, a strict Methodist minister, Gin had never believed that someone like Mason, a handsome college boy, the pride of Shawnee, would look her way. But nothing can prepare her for the world she and Mason step into when he takes a job with...
A Country Called Home
From the author of the acclaimed memoir In the Wilderness (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize): a luminous novel of youthful idealism, of faith and madness, of love and family. It is 1960 when Thomas Deracotte and his pregnant wife, Helen, abandon a guaranteed future in upper-crust Connecticut and take off for a utopian adventure in the Idaho wilderness. They buy a farm sight unseen...
Poet Kim Barnes grew up in Northern Idaho, in the isolated camps where her father worked as a logger and her mother made a home for her husband and two children. Their lives were short on material wealth, but long on the riches of family and friendship, and the great sheltering power of the wilderness. But in the mid-1960s, as automation and a declining economy drove more and more...