Rough Beauty is aptly named in that it is both a rough beautiful story that takes place in a rough beautiful area of the country that is beautifully told in its roughness. Karen Auvinen has allowed the reader to live with her in the often barren, often dangerous, but always beautiful mountains of Colorado.
We experience her despair of losing her home, her resilience of starting over, her learning from mistakes both in wilderness living and in relationships. We take a seat at the local water hole for some poetry reading. We wonder why she lives the way she does when it appears she could have been living a much easier life.
Through her experiences, we meet the townspeople, her family and her dog. The central character of the book though for me was not Ms. Auvinen or any of the others. It was the rough beauty that is the Rockies of Colorado.
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ISBN#: 1501152289 (ISBN13: 9781501152283)
Publication Date 06.05.18