John E. Thomas Hall, 287 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28608, United States
Isabel graduated from Appalachian State University in 1954, receiving a Bachelor of Arts.
1400 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27412, United States
Isabel got a Master of Library Studies in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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(In this beautifully crafted debut novel, poet Isabel Zube...)
In this beautifully crafted debut novel, poet Isabel Zuber deftly traces the joys and the sorrows of a passionate but troubled marriage in Appalachia at the turn of the last century. Anna Stockton was a bright and imaginative child, reveling in rare wild freedom in the mountains of western North Carolina. As a young woman possessed by romantic yearnings and a great love of books, she hungers for a new kind of life for herself. John Bayley is a hard-driven hill farmer who carries with him the pain of the early death of his father and the loss of two previous wives. When a sudden encounter brings the two together, Anna and John marry into a difficult and passionate union, one that mirrors the changing, sometimes violent, and often haunted times in which they live.
Isabel graduated from Appalachian State University in 1954, receiving a Bachelor of Arts. She got a Master of Library Studies in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Isabel Zuber had a career as a librarian at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. She retired in 2001 and became a full-time writer. Her writing is inspired by the past of the region in which she lives and a way of life that is now gone.
Zuber has produced two collections of poetry, including Winter's Exile, which contains poems about her father.
Her novel Salt was published by Picador in 2002. The story is set at the beginning of the twentieth century in the small town of Faith, North Carolina, and follows the life of Anna Stockton, a young woman who becomes a hired girl to the Albas, an upper-middle-class couple who expose her to music, poetry, and progressive ideas and whose son becomes an admirer. Anna's dreams of education and travel come to a halt, however, when she weds John Bayley, a twice-widowed farmer after he seduces and impregnates her.
Anna bears John a total of five babies, raises his children from the previous marriages, and is a hardworking wife to him, while he increases his holdings and wealth. Her only respite comes when she travels to Kansas to be with her dying sister, and during the trip, she experiences a brief encounter with a stranger. Anna returns to John's house, where she must read her books in secret.
Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in a number of literary magazines, including The American Voice, Poetry, Now & Then, Pembroke Magazine, and Shenandoah.
(In this beautifully crafted debut novel, poet Isabel Zube...)2002
Zuber is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.
Isabel married Richard Lee Zuber in 1954 but divorced in 1986. They have two children: Jonathan Herman and Elizabeth Pennington.