Out of sorts as her mother ages and her brother falls ill, learning “what it means to be in a space between what something was and what it is becoming,” Shelley Armitage embarks on what she calls the “summer of hikes,” looking to the land she loves to ground her. A handsome volume that includes historical as well as contemporary photographs, Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place is her exploration of, meditation on, and homage to her home—the place where she grew up and has always returned to, searching for a place for women amid the cowboys—the Llano Estacado.
Armitage grew up in Vega, a tiny farming community in the western panhandle of Texas, and on Armitage Farms, her family’s two sections of land just outside of town. She is interested in how place shapes us and how we best fit into that landscape, looking for continuities in the places made by time and space, between before and after.
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