Author Archives: Darcey Steinke

Last Letter from Nora: Marilynne Robinson writes about how she believes community is essentially imaginative love for people we have never met. That felt very beautiful and true to me.

June 21st, 2015   Dear Darcey,   This is my last letter to you before you leave for Paris.  I am really going to miss receiving your letters and writing to you.  And of course I would do it again!  Whenever you want.   It means a lot to me for you to compliment my […]

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Last letter from me to Nora: In which I impress on her what a great writer she is….

  Dear Nora: I loved your last letter. Your daughter sounds adorable and strong willed. I love that she wanted cheese and crackers like somebody at a cocktail party.   I am in the country with my friend Susan Wheeler. She came up yesterday and its so nice to have her here. She is an […]

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Nora Writes to me: A hard day of mothering! I want cheese and crackers!

May 26th, 2015   Dear Darcey,   It was wonderful to hear from you.  You sound like you were crazy busy and I hope things have slowed down a bit for you now and you have more time for yourself and your own work.  I have to say that I find your work ethic really […]

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New Letter: Me to Nora #Letter Project

Nora:   Sorry it took me so long to write this time! I get busy at the end of the semester. I work hard to keep my own work going during the semester and this pretty much means I have to do school work most nights and some on the weekend too, so at the […]

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New Letter: Nora to Me….

March 20, 2015   Dear Darcey,   Your letter was lovely and thought-provoking.  And so many ideas for books I now want to read!  By this time you are probably immersed in your visit with Abbie, eating good food and watching Broad City.  (I love that show too.  My husband introduced it to me, and […]

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New Letter: Nora to Darcey: She was also very blunt and I could almost hear her voice making fun of the shoes I wore to her funeral!

  Dear Darcey,   Your letter was lovely and thought-provoking.  And so many ideas for books I now want to read!  By this time you are probably immersed in your visit with Abbie, eating good food and watching Broad City.  (I love that show too.  My husband introduced it to me, and one his Turkish […]

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Letter #5 in letter project: Me to Nora “The point of female agency is that we want to have all possibilities on the table, motherhood as well as everything else too.”

Dear Nora:   Thanks so much for your letter. I loved what you said about women not feeling they can always talk about the experience of mothering because the culture at large still wants to claim it’s the key thing for a women.  And that idea is a lie. I have so many friends who […]

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LetterProject: #4 Nora to me–I guess I just feel that we’re so careful about tying female identity to motherhood that it keeps us from talking about it in a meaningful, and yes, intellectual way that allows us to embrace how powerful of an experience it is.

Dear Darcey,   I’d forgotten how exciting it is to get real letters in the mail.  It’s a bit thrilling, a little piece of joy.  And I love hearing from you.  Knowing, for example, about the pink lamp shade in Princeton that delights you.   And a lot of what you said about motherhood felt […]

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Booklist Review/Sister Golden Hair

Booklist Review   Sister Golden Hair. Steinke, Darcey (author). Oct. 2014. 328p. Tin House, paperback, $15.95 (9781935639947). REVIEW.  First published September 1, 2014 (BooklistWith a title taken from a 1970s ear-worm of a song by the band America, it’s no surprise that Steinke’s (Easter Everywhere, 2007) new novel practically guarantees that a slow slide-guitar riff will play […]

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Letter Project: Last Letter from Kevin in Berlin

Dear Darcey, The weather’s been strangely cool in Berlin. It feels as crisp and melancholy as those first, shimmering days of October in NY. It’s very odd to feel that in the middle of summer. But also I feel happy about it, like it could be a vaccine shot for the snatched, melancholic vigor of […]

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