Ann Chamberlin, Historical Novel Society review
Publishing the late-life works of Oregon author Ardyth Kennelly
Page last revised February 20, 2018
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Sixty years after Ardyth Kennelly delighted readers with her best-selling books of the 1950s, Sunnycroft Books is pleased to be publishing the works that she wrote later in her life.
Her crowning literary achievement, Variation West, was published in 2014, and her memoirs are planned for publication in 2018.
Variation West is a sweeping novel that covers not only a century of Western life and history, but also the vast territory of the human heart. It's an immense literary collage, with dozens of engaging characters and a wealth of both comic and tragic stories to tell. We see not only the humor and heartaches of domestic life under Mormon polygamy, but also the sacrifices—including death and disfigurement—that women make in trying to fulfill society's expectations of female beauty; the unspeakable violence that men do; and how patterns laid down in the distant past resurface again and again.
Bodies Adjacent is Ardyth Kennelly's story of her life with her husband, the Viennese physician Egon V. Ullman. A second memoir, New York on Five Dollars a Day, is an account of the two years she spent in New York in the mid-1960s.
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