The Sound of Windmills

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About the author:
Jackie Woolley's articles have been published in numerous national publications. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in college literary publications. Word Books published her nonfiction book, All The Things You Aren't...Yet, in l980, under the name Jackie Humphries. For her master's thesis, she wrote an early version of her novel manuscript, What Death Can Touch, University of Houston, Clear Lake City. A earlier version of a fiction manuscript The Sound of Windmills won semi-finalist in the prestigious William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition in 2002. She worked as a language facilitator and educator in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and wrote feature stories about her experiences in a foreign land. At the University of Houston, Clear Lake City, she co-edited the university's literary publication, Bayousphere. She taught literature and writing for community colleges in Oregon and Texas. For the next twenty years, as co-owner of Professional Engineering Inspections, she edited engineering reports on houses in the Houston area. Her story, "The Love of Her Life," appears in The Noble Generation, Vol. II, Stories of the American Experience, Barnes & Noble, 2004, Georgetown, Texas. She regularly writes for Story Circle Network's publications. She currently holds writing workshops and is a facilitator for various writer's groups. Her life story based on her childhood farm in Texas, "My Belonging Place," appeared in the collection, A Land Full of Stories, in the book, What Wildness is This, Women Write About The Southwest, University of Texas Press, Austin, 2007. Now in 2011, A Sound of Windmills ready for publication.

The Sound of Windmills
 

Authored by Jackie Woolley

Set in North Texas, in the thirties and forties, THE SOUND OF WINDMILLS is a story of survival, especially of the females in the Taylor family. Drawing from her background, the story centers mainly around the young girl Rugene Taylor, who grows up where hundreds of windmills dotted the landscape, groaning and creaking as they turned into the wind, pumping water from the wells below ground. Awakening to hear them in the night, a man could rest easy, knowing the storage tanks would be filled by morning, the cooking and baking completed, the wash pots filled, and the Saturday night baths taken. The cattle and horses could belly up to the stock tank and drink their fill of the cool liquid. The sound of windmills was the sound of life.

The story ends in Portland, Oregon, where Rugene is teaching at Seton University and writing books. Grieving for her mother's death, Rugene flees to the farm in Texas. As she walks the fields, she sees clearly for the first time that she has been trying to live out her daddy's dreams. As much as she admired her daddy, it was her mother who knew the most about living and dying. The windmills are gone. Only the wind remains.
When Henry James wrote The Portrait of a Lady, critics said he left the story up in the air at the end. "The whole of anything is never told," he observed, "you can only take what groups together."


Publication Date:
2011-04-06
ISBN/EAN13:
1456327232 / 9781456327231
Page Count:
550
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White with Bleed
Related Categories:
Fiction / Literary




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