City of Roses: Stories from Girlhood

City of Roses: Stories from Girlhood

by Mary Jane Moffat, Janet Lewis

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection of autobiographical, fictional tales warmly portrays the author's youth in rainy Portland, Oreg., the ``City of Roses.'' From the perspective of middle age, Moffat (The Times of Our Lives reflects on a childhood in the late '30sincluding stumbling efforts to learn how to readthen playing Juliet in a regional Shakespeare festival after World War II, and later, marriage while a sophomore at Stanford. Especially poignant is Moffat's evocation of an exasperating yet funny manic-depressive father, who enters her stories ``completely uninvited.'' The final piece, ``Giving My Mother a Bath,'' is a tender glimpse of how roles reverse later in life, when a daughter finds herself acting as mother to her own aging, sick mother. (December)

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