The Prosperine Papers

Jan Clausen, Author Crossing Press $8.95 (260p) ISBN 978-0-89594-273-9
Dale McNab, a lesbian-feminist academic who is mired in romantic and professional crises, finds escape by visiting her 90-year-old grandmother, Rose, on the pretext of helping organize her diaries and papers. A determined Minnesotan who survived the Depression and hard farming times, Rose achieved the traditional aspirations of husband, family and home. As Dale delves through the journals and reminiscences of Rose's past, she stumbles upon photos and correspondence with the late Prosperine Munkers, Rose's closest childhood friend. Prosperine's eloquent papers reveal a singular woman who was a lesbian, pk radical and writer. Dale's goal shifts from publishing her grandmother's diaries to writing a book on Prosperine, but she struggles with Rose's puritan ethics over access to the papers. The author of Sinking, Stealing weaves a marvelously poignant, witty tale of Dale's clash with an older generation firmly entrenched in Protestant middle-class values. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1988
Release date: 10/01/1988
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