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2014 Will Rogers Medallion Award Finalist
2014 WILLA Literary Award Finalist
"Because she writes well, and makes us care, it is a joy when Darcy Lipp-Acord can say, "I feel like I've finally arrived." How she gets there makes a fine story, one that might inspire, a good one to pass along to a friend."—Susan Schoch, Story Circle Book Reviews
"A great testament to the quintessential American values of hard work, risk-taking, adventure, and faith."—Girija Sankar, NewPages.com Book Reviews
Circling Back Home is the story of one woman, at a time when values of home, family, and care of the land seem increasingly absent, looking to her past to create a life of significance for her family. Her search takes her back to the prairie of her grandmothers, who survived personal hardships and lived off what the land provided. Lipp-Acord mourns the loss of one child and celebrates the birth of others, all while balancing her own desire to put down roots with her husband’s life as an itinerant ranch hand. Written over ten years, these essays compose a picture of endurance and grace as the author addresses her history and finds her way home.
“[Darcy] Lipp-Acord is one woman, but she tells a dozen stories, her ancestors’ voices mingling with her own: the farmer’s daughter, the Catholic woman, the wife, the mother, the artist. . . . Circling Back Home reflects the life of a ranch woman in all its prismatic variety."—Linda M. Hasselstrom
Darcy Lipp-Acord, a native of South Dakota, is the granddaughter of German-Russian immigrants. She grew up on a farm worked by three generations of her family, and currently lives on a ranch with her husband, Shawn, and their six children near the Montana-Wyoming border.
Linda M. Hasselstrom writes poetry and nonfiction from her ranch in South Dakota. She founded the Windbreak House Writing Retreats, and her latest book is Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet.
Listen to Darcy Lipp-Acord on South Dakota Public Radio's Dakota Midday.