University of Chicago Press
3. 'The Stone Angel'
Hagar Shipley is 90, and she's also fiercely independent, stubborn, querulous, and self-reliant - which is why when her son tries to put her into a home, she resists. She sees it as a symbol of death. As she has to come to grips with her advanced age, we're taken back in time through Hagar's life, where first she grew up in a pioneer town, then was married to a stormy and unsuccessful farmer, then became a domineering mother. The Stone Angel celebrates the triumph of the human spirit, and the strength and pride of an uncompromising woman.