This essay is an account of the author's life in rural Idaho during the late 20th and early 21st century. The essay chronicles the author's experience as a young woman in a community that was predominantly patriarchal and examines the ways the author had to adapt in order to function within such an oppressive system. The story details the author's decision to work in the wilderness as a means of seeking spiritual transformation, but, instead, she finds herself confronting the same intersections of class and gender that she had been raised with in her hometown.
Those Footsteps in the Sand Will Be Your Own
Kelly Sundberg is Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Ohio University. Her memoir Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival was released by HarperCollins in 2018. Her essay “It Will Look Like a Sunset” was anthologized in Best American Essays 2015, edited by Ariel Levy, and other essays have been listed as notables in the same series. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Correspondence to: Kelly Sundberg, English Department, Ohio University, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. Email: email@example.com.
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Kelly Sundberg; Those Footsteps in the Sand Will Be Your Own. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2019; 8 (1): 25–30. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.1.25
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