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Sweet Mystery: A Book of Remembering (Deep South Books)

Paterson, Judith

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ISBN 10: 0817310908 / ISBN 13: 9780817310905
Editorial: University Alabama Press, 2001
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Título: Sweet Mystery: A Book of Remembering (Deep ...

Editorial: University Alabama Press

Año de publicación: 2001

Encuadernación: Paperback

Condición del libro:Good

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In 1946, Judith Paterson was just nine years old when her mother died of a virulent combination of alcoholism and mental illness at the age of 31. Sweet Mystery is Paterson's harrowing account of her memories of her mother, told with eloquence and understanding. Set largely in Montgomery, Alabama, the story plays out against a background of relatives troubled almost as much by southern conflicts over race and class as by the fallout from a long family history of drinking, denial, and mental illness. First published in 1996 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Sweet Mystery has received critical acclaim in the national media. The Washington Post called it a beautifully written, excruciating collision of form and emotion, joy and pain, willpower and self-examination, control and surrender. And the Boston Globe characterized the memoir as a brilliant... feat of memory augmented by research. In building historical context for her story, Paterson searched in attics and kitchens and county courthouses in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama. Along the way, she discovered not just the regional but also the national heritage of an extraordinarily gifted and deeply troubled family.

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Judith Hillman Paterson, a journalism professor at the University of Maryland, has fashioned a courageous chronicle of a horrific childhood that included an alcoholic father, who once beat her until she blacked out, and a mother who died at age 31 after years of mental illness and substance abuse and left behind four children under the age of 10. Sweet Mystery mostly takes place in the rural South around the time of World War II, during the author's first decade. Seen through the eyes of a child, the book tells of a life filled with grief and trauma.

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