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The Clara Ann Burns Story is an expression of child abuse, neglect, and how love conquers all, witnessed through a patchwork of short prose reflections, poems, one minute plays, scholarly studies, and photographs.
Daring in both content and structure, The Clara Ann Burns Story explores multiple genres and is courageously self-reflective.
Here's what's being said about The Clara Ann Burns Story:
“Heidi Ann Smith’s unflinching novel viscerally tracks the ways trauma can break our contract with language, how it can hybridize hearts and mouths, and how our tongues might, in the end, fork to speak it all: revelatory, plural, here. The Clara Ann Burns Story, through text and image, offers a map by which to read the geographic/familial underpinnings of our emotional and physical bodies so that we might articulate our own hermeneutic of triumph.”
- Selah Saterstrom, author of The Meat and Spirit Plan
"The Clara Ann Burns Story sends an inspirational message of strength of the human spirit. A person has the ability to leave their dark past and look forward to a better tomorrow."
- Pacific Book Review
"Is it possible for a horror story to be beautiful? Everything about The Clara Ann Burns Story is visually, rhythmically, structurally in harmony except the tale itself which is one of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. If an author can reach the truth only by understanding or even mastering experience, then Heidi Smith has succeeded. If reciprocity between text and context provide the reader with a means to share the experience of that author, then we share in that success."
- Book Review
"Smith’s creative approach to this story of abuse achieves the aim of sharing an abused little girl’s story, with all of the horror and terror that entails, in a format that also offers beauty."
- IP Book Reviewers
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Paperback: 105 pages / Fiction
Published: November 2011