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Author Fields, Wayne.

Title The past leads a life of its own / Wayne Fields.

Published New York : Poseidon Press, c1992.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  813.54 FIELDS {Bund28 20111209}    AVAILABLE
Physical description 270 p. ; 23 cm.
Summary "With all the beauty and wisdom of his acclaimed What the River Knows, Wayne Fields, in his first work of fiction, recaptures an American boyhood and explores the subtle and devious ways in which memory keeps the past alive in all of us, ceaselessly transforming the present. The Past Leads a Life of Its Own, informed by the double presence of a young boy and the man he becomes, is a poignant remembering of a childhood."--BOOK JACKET.
"Rooted in the rural and small-town landscape of America's youth, these closely interlinked fictions tell the eternal human story of what a child learns--what the young must always learn--as he watches his elders struggle to survive. For Lonnie, the boy in these stories, there are painful, inescapable lessons: the discovery of death as idea and as fact, the anguish of his father's search for work in hard times, the growing awareness of his parents' vulnerability. There are, too, the memories that will sustain him all his life--his mother's love and dependability, his father's dignity in adversity, his dying grandfather's invaluable lesson. There are the dawning possibilities of a world beyond the boundaries of his family. And always, there is the glory and mystery of nature and its creatures."--BOOK JACKET.
"Crafted from remnants of memory and, like a splendid patchwork quilt, forming a larger, coherent whole, The Past Leads a Life of Its Own is about the epiphanies that form a character and shape a life--fragments of the children we were that will neither go away nor grow up, that even in adulthood can render us childlike, powerless and uncertain. It travels into that territory of the soul, those collected moments of recognition, that transform us forever, yet change little or nothing."--BOOK JACKET. "In its sweet, plain, powerful language, its unflinching acceptance of the hard truths of existence, its reverence for the natural world, The Past Leads a Life of Its Own is sure to enlarge the warmly enthusiastic readership Wayne Fields found for What the River Knows."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Families -- Middle West -- Fiction.
Boys -- Middle West -- Fiction.
Middle West -- Fiction.
ISBN 0671742981 : $20.00