Pink Houses and Family Taverns

Pink Houses and Family Taverns

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q... Becky Bradway writes compellingly about the place where she was raised and still lives, but she also knows that the hidden component of place is time and its ceaseless motion and the motion it spawns in all of us. On these many stable planes, we are always passing through.q a€”from the Foreword by Michael Martone Much of what inspires Pink Houses and Family Taverns, a collection of creative nonfiction by Becky Bradway, is the authora€™s upbringing in rural southern Illinois. Coming of age among a family of carpenters, housewives, and factory workers, Bradway works to get an education and to build a different kind of life for herself (in spite of social pressures to qkeep her in her placeq). Her dreams of becoming a writer and a professor often run head-on with the hometowna€™s expectations that she keep her mouth shut like a qproper girl, q and with the universitya€™s expectations that she toe a more formal, conservative line. The tension Bradway feels about qBeing From Thereq permeates her memoir, as she negotiates the transitions between childhood and adulthood, rural life and urban life, ignorance and sophistication. She debates important life decisions and presents us with a vivid array of charactersa€”family, friends, studentsa€”who have made an impression on her. Bradway writes in a conversational style that is often humorous and occasionally sardonic; and she approaches her subjects with sincerity, open-mindedness, and compassion. The essays are complemented by a selection of black-and-white photographs of the region and its inhabitants.essays on porches. There is much ... These are essays about moving and not moving, the vibration of molecules in the matrix of sheet steel. Nothing finally stays ... I live in someone elsea#39;s dream home dreaming of my home in Indiana. I havena#39;tanbsp;...

Title:Pink Houses and Family Taverns
Author:Becky Bradway
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2002


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