The Wide-Brimmed Hat by Susan Kuehn Boyd

Issue #88
Fall 2002

James Alan McPherson recommends
The Wide-Brimmed Hat, a collection by Susan Kuehn Boyd: “This beautiful collection of stories, memories, and poems captures the sensibility of a very special writer. Ms. Boyd’s stories began appearing in
The O. Henry Awards and
The Best American Short Stories as early as 1947. Set in regions as far apart as Martha’s Vineyard and Timbuktu, they depict women in a variety of emotionally conflicted situations, and the same nobility of soul appears in her diary entries about the antiwar protests at the University of Iowa in 1969, when her husband was the school’s president. This is very instructive reading.” (Long River)