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Range of Light: A Novel

Range of Light: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Valerie Miner

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Two old friends who have not seen each other for decades spend a week hiking through the stunning scenery of California’s High Sierra 

Twenty-five years ago, a group of five high schoolers trekked through the High Sierra. Now, two of them—lesbian Kath and straight Adele—come back to repeat their journey and renew their friendship. In chapters that alternate between the women’s voices, they reveal their pasts, their thoughts, and their reactions both to the scenery and to each other. For Kath, the sublime topography of the Sierra is inspiring and invigorating. Adele is more trepidatious. Over the course of their journey up to High Country, old stories, tensions, dreams, and disappointments come to the surface.

A unique study of the complexity of the bonds between women, this transporting book, written with elegance and restraint, is among Miner’s finest work.

About the Author

Valerie Miner is the award-winning author of fourteen books, including novels, short fiction collections, and nonfiction. Miner's work has appeared in the Georgia Review, TriQuarterly, Salmagundi, New Letters, Ploughshares, the Village Voice, Prairie Schooner, the Gettysburg Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the Women's Review of Books, the Nation, and other journals. Her stories and essays have been published in more than sixty anthologies. A number of her pieces have been dramatized on BBC Radio 4. Her work has been translated into German, Turkish, Danish, Italian, Spanish, French, Swedish, and Dutch. She has won fellowships and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Heinz Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, Fundación Valparaiso, the Australia Council Literary Arts Board, and numerous other organizations. She has received Fulbright fellowships to Tunisia, India, and Indonesia. Winner of a Distinguished Teaching Award, she has taught for over twenty-five years and is now a professor and artist in residence at Stanford University. She travels internationally giving readings, lectures, and workshops. Her website is

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 505 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (19 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,006,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I am so pleased that through the giveaway program at Goodreads I was ... 14 Oct 2014
By Bonnye Reed Fry - Published on
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I am so pleased that through the giveaway program at Goodreads I was able to be introduced to Valerie Miner and her works. This book will go on my keepers shelf, so that I may wander again the high Sierra's through Ms Miner's eyes.

Range of Light is a nostalgic return to the Sierra Range in Yellowstone by two 40-something women who made the same backpacking trip with friends in their senior year of high school. Best friends in high school, both women have spent little time together since, and are trying to find common ground to renew their friendship. This is a journey through doubt and pain that we all have travelled, presented with heart and beauty by Valerie Miner. I would recommend this book to any woman, and a few men, so that they too may 'see' this wonderful trip through the Yellowstone and life in general. I can't wait to get her other books....
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Judge not a book by the cover 21 Sep 2003
By Janice M. Hansen - Published on
I bought this book in a novelty store around Yosemite. I am quite familiar with notable literature, but try to buy and experience published literature out of the mainstream.
Quite frankly, I bought the book because of the cover!
I was intrigued by the beautifully pictured landscape of the Sierras which graces the cover. Intrigued by the story of two high school friends reuniting to backpack together after many years of silence provoked my interest.
Unfortunately. the brautiful backdrop did not overcome the bland reunion of these colorless women. Their whining and meaningless memories left me void of any interest for their future relationship. Here were two people in a backdrop of glory and their concerns were legitimately dwarfed in my opinion.
This is not a novel that will recharge you or make you feel the power of hiking in the Sierras.
Don't waste your time trying to bring life to the passing.-
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light up your life - read this book 24 May 2000
By Sarah Lehan - Published on
This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I read a *lot* of books. Valerie Miner's prose reads like poetry and her characters are rich and complex. The book is about the friendship of two women who have been estranged for 25 years but were best friends growing up. They now find themselves alone together on what had been planned as a reunion camping trip with the gang of five girls who had been best pals in high school. Valerie Miner uses the California Sierras as almost another character and I felt like I could see, hear and smell exactly what she was describing. This is a book that engages your brain as well as all of your senses.
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