Farm Girl is a memoir of urgent grace that crosses boundaries of genre and time. In her second year of college, Megan finds herself bonded to a lover spiraling into addiction and two thousand miles away from her heart’s homeâ€”a stretch of forty certified-organic acres along the banks of the Connecticut River separating Vermont and New Hampshire. In the crucible of a rainy Portland winter, Megan is forced to decide whether to embrace her future as a farm girl or to continue growing into the woman everyone hopes she’ll become. Farm Girl is about two love affairs that force a decision: the love between two people and the love between Megan and the landscape. With innovative prose and lush description, Farm Girl raises the earth up as a character and asks questions about the work we choose to sustain usâ€”how careful attention and devotion to the earth transcends human tragedy.
Praise for the Writing of Megan Baxter
“Baxter’s lyricism knits these pieces togetherÂ to create a unique coming-of-age story that never fails to surprise. From childhood illness to opal mining, planning a wedding, farming and family ghost stories the topics of these essays roam like their narrator through a decade of experimentation, failure, and revelation. Poetic and rich, The Coolest Monsters is a stunning debut from a bold young writer.” â€”Ann Hood, author of Comfort: A Journey Through Grief
“A young essayist with a flair for poetic imagery offers a rites-of-passage collection that could almost be a memoir…” â€”Kirkus Review
About the Author
Megan Baxter grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire, just across the river from the fields she grew to love during her days as a farm girl. She worked as a farmer while earning her BFA in poetry and directed an urban nonprofit garden during her MFA program. Megan’s essays have won numerous national awards including a Pushcart Prize, and have been listed in The Best American Essays of 2019.
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Farm Girl, a memoir
byÂ Megan Baxter
Environmental / Farming / coming-of-age
240 pages Â | Â 5 x 8
Pub Date: April, 2021
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