Individual Author Record
Name: Barbara CroftPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1944 in Des Moines, Iowa Sites:
Illinois ConnectionBarbara lives in Oak Park.
Biographical and Professional InformationBarbara is the author of Moon's Crossing, set at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Her work has been called "breathtaking" by Tim O'Brien and "magnificent" by Bharati Mukherjee. Croft has a writing style that is highly visual, poetic and spare.
- Primary Colors and Other Stories, New Rivers Press, 1991
- Necessary Fictions, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003
- Moon Crossing, Houghton Mifflin, 2003
Titles At Your Library
Primary Colors (MVP)
ISBN: 0898231248 New Rivers Press. 1991
Barbara Croft's stories look at ordinary lives disrupted by extraordinary events: a fallen meteor, dinosaur bones emerging in a corn field, the birth of a two-headed calf. Her finely crafted depictions of setting and character would be sufficient to make Primary Colors an important debut, but Croft's ability to push her fiction--and her readers--to the emotional edge makes this collection nothing less than remarkable.
ISBN: 0822940787 Univ of Pittsburgh Pr. 1998 A collection of stories centering on the need for artistic expression, the pain of failing in artistic expression, and the ways in which we construct imaginative representations of our lives. At the heart of the collection are three interconnected stories and a novella about a family trapped in the ideologies of patriarchy and the American dream. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Moon's Crossing: A Novel
ISBN: 0618341536 Mariner Books. 2003
A stunning, cinematic debut novel set at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, Moon's Crossing explores a unique time in American history, when the romantic heritage of the nineteenth century merged with the industrial temperament of the modern age.
Jim Moon, an idealistic Union Army veteran, leaves his young wife and son to visit the World's Columbian Exposition, which has attracted America's greatest artists and thinkers as well as its drifters and schemers. Nick, a fast-talking con man, takes Moon to Pullman Town, a model city south of Chicago that is the site of the complex labor strike of 1894. Moon comes to see that the bright future the fair promised is compromised by greed. Unable to recapture his early vision of America, he takes his own life, and in so doing generates a surprising love story between a common young woman and a corrupt policeman as well as a major upheaval in the life of his neglected son.
Kaleidoscopic and fast-paced, Moon's Crossing draws on such sources as the traditional tall tale to present a unique narrative style. Moon's adventures are completely American, and the legacy he leaves is, ironically, more significant than his failed life would have foretold.