Burning Stone

Burning Stone, by Zoe Landale

Burning Stone

by Zoë Landale


  • Spring 1995
  • ISBN 978-0-921870-31-9 (0-921870-31-0)
  • 6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback, 106 pages
  • Poetry, Women’s Studies

In her third book, Zoë Landale explores the darkened rooms of family myth and history. Focusing on family members from the past — matrons, suicides and brilliant eccentrics — she investigates their lives and the shadowy but potent power they exert over the present.

Discovering at first only bitterness and anger, Landale pushes further to see these ghostly figures in the light of their own aspirations. Especially powerful is the description of the earlier women of Landale’s family — strong yet struggling to find their own voices. Burning Stone enacts a journey into the light, the generation of understanding and forgiveness within the family.

“Landale’s language burns away the mists of the past, preparing a place of welcome for our ghosts.”
— John Newlove

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