The Attic: A Memoir

The Attic: A Memoir

by Curtis Harnack
     
 

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In The Attic, his sequel to the classic We Have All Gone Away, Curtis Harnack returns to his rural Iowa homeplace to sift through an attic full of the trash and treasures left behind by the thirteen children in two generations who grew up in the big farmhouse.

The adult Harnack had been making pilgrimages to his past from various parts of the

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In The Attic, his sequel to the classic We Have All Gone Away, Curtis Harnack returns to his rural Iowa homeplace to sift through an attic full of the trash and treasures left behind by the thirteen children in two generations who grew up in the big farmhouse.

The adult Harnack had been making pilgrimages to his past from various parts of the country for thirty-plus years; now the death of an uncle and the disposal of an estate bring him home once more. The resonant diaries, church bulletins, photos, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia in the attic allow him to rediscover both personal and universal truths as he explores the enduring legacies of home, family, and community.

 

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“Curtis Harnack is Iowa’s Willa Cather.”—Ned Rorem

 
“I must call attention to this moving, brilliant memoir. . . . Every chapter contains scenes which demonstrate the strangeness of daily experiences, the oddity of ordinary life. . . . [Harnack] is a ghost confronting other ghostly presences. Thus his memoir becomes a haunted document—aren’t all documents haunted?—and this very fact attacks our longing to know our beginnings, our desire to search our ‘mental attics.’”—Irving Malin, Contemporary Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587295461
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
05/28/2011
Series:
Bur Oak Book Series
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,341,961
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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