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The Solace of Open Spaces Summary
Gretel Ehrlich

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The Solace of Open Spaces Summary

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The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich is a work of non-fiction. The book was written over a period of five years, from 1979-1984. According to the author, the book actually began as a series of rough-edged journal entries sent by Ehrlich to a friend in Hawaii. It was written in "fits and starts" as many journal entries are. The intent when turning it into a book was to write a complete narrative in chronological order. After the text was written, Ehrlich created a flow in the work, although it is clear that the work is a sort of mosaic rather than a single painting.

Ehrlich grew up in Santa Barbara, California, an academic, who decided to give it up for the open spaces of Wyoming. The original reason for the trip was for Ehrlich, who was a filmmaker in addition to being a writer, to film...

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