Sandra Scofield will read from Mysteries of Love and Grief: Reflections on a Plainswoman’s Life. Mysteries of Love and Grief is the story of Scofield’s grandmother, who, widowed at thirty and left with three children in the midst of the Great Depression, worked as a farmer, a railroad cook, a mill worker, and a nurse in four states. “Throughout her depiction of her own family, Scofield kept me surprised—a moment of generosity when I didn't expect it or of anger when I didn't expect that. Mysteries remain as they must, but I trusted the insights as well as the mysteries. I thought it was a very beautiful book, smart and sharp.” —Karen Joy Fowler
Sandra Scofield is the author of seven novels, including Beyond Deserving, a National Book Award finalist. Scofield is the author of The Scene Book and Occasions of Sin. She lives in southern Oregon, and is teaching this summer at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.