The Riddle Song and Other Mysteries (Hardback)Rebecca McClanahan (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 20 mm
Lyrical, compelling, and compassionate, the words contained in The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings continue to move and amaze me. Stunningly vivid in its detail, heartbreaking in its emotional vision, this book rings long and true.--Kim Barnes "author of In the Wilderness "
A dazzling first book of personal essays . . . each one so sensitively (and sensuously) rooted in actual existence that I continually had to remind myself that I was reading about someone's life, not living it myself. Writing rarely gets this emotionally real.--Robert Atwan "series editor, The Best American Essays "
The prose is very clean, crisp as ironed linen, even simple in spots--but I will tell you this: I cried all the way through it, and almost nothing I read makes me cry.--Midwestern Riffs
Very few memoirs achieve the raw beauty, the searing honesty, and the transcendent shimmer of McClanahan's rememberings.--Charlotte Observer
McClanahan weaves a quilt that beckons us with its warmth . . . without striking a false, much less sentimental, note.--Georgia Review
McClanahan's deliberate regard for craft . . . opens the door to an important use of memoir as a genre.--Calyx
McClanahan sweeps you along with a barrage of detail and lovely prose. She has the knack of summoning emotion through facts and presentation. . . . McClanahan is excellent company, whether at a hospital bedside, over a glass of wine, or walking between rows of graves.--Robert Boucheron "New Orleans Review "
The collection stands well above the self-indulgent meanderings that flood large sections of our bookstore shelves.--American Book Review
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