Beverly Jensen — The Sisters from Hardscrabble Bay


In 1999, Beverly recorded monologues of Idella and Avis, to hear how the voices sounded. Later she revised these passages, so they differ slightly from their final form.


Beverly reads Idella

Here Idella gives an example of what it was like to live with her mother-in-law, Jessie.

Beverly reads Avis

Here Avis discusses the girls’ sex education on the farm and tells the story of Aunt May.

Click here to download these recordings of Beverly reading.