Five Shades of Shadow

Five Shades of Shadow

by Tracy Daugherty
     
 

When work took Tracy Daugherty from his family’s roots in Oklahoma to the unfamiliar landscape of Oregon, his move mirrored the western migrations of so many earlier Oklahomans devastated and displaced during the Dust Bowl years. Deeply unsettled by the change in his surroundings and shaken by the recent Oklahoma City bombing, Daugherty took the opportunity

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When work took Tracy Daugherty from his family’s roots in Oklahoma to the unfamiliar landscape of Oregon, his move mirrored the western migrations of so many earlier Oklahomans devastated and displaced during the Dust Bowl years. Deeply unsettled by the change in his surroundings and shaken by the recent Oklahoma City bombing, Daugherty took the opportunity provided by his own journey to explore the shattering and rebuilding of community in the America of today and yesterday.
 
Speaking with survivors of the Murrah building bombing, revisiting his roots, and retracing the paths of exile and migration in the American West, Daugherty creates a diverse and heartfelt portrait of America in an uncertain time—its people, its politics, its music, and its poetry—a sobering but ultimately hopeful view of the national community. At heart an exploration, from an intimate vantage point, of the consequences of violence in contemporary America, Five Shades of Shadow will hold special resonance for readers struggling to come to terms with trauma and loss.

Editorial Reviews

Western American Literature - Neil P. Baird

“Using the openness of the West as a metaphor for revealing secrets hidden in the shadows of America, Daugherty suggests that rootlessness is one reason for the many social upheavals of our time . . . . By revealing the way America continues to uproot the West, Daugherty comes to terms with his own rootlessness and the Oklahoma City Bombing which affected him so personally.”—Neil P. Baird, Western American Literature
Dallas Morning News

"In this engrossing collection of essays [Daugherty] reflects on forces that have shaped his life and values and those of many Americans."—Dallas Morning News
Crab Orchard Review - Benjamin Percy

"Five Shades of Shadow is a strong collection of passionate, humorous, tragic, and ultimately hopeful essays, a country song writ large."—Benjamin Percy, Crab Orchard Review
Western American Literature

“Using the openness of the West as a metaphor for revealing secrets hidden in the shadows of America, Daugherty suggests that rootlessness is one reason for the many social upheavals of our time . . . . By revealing the way America continues to uproot the West, Daugherty comes to terms with his own rootlessness and the Oklahoma City Bombing which affected him so personally.”—Neil P. Baird, Western American Literature

— Neil P. Baird

Crab Orchard Review

"Five Shades of Shadow is a strong collection of passionate, humorous, tragic, and ultimately hopeful essays, a country song writ large."—Benjamin Percy, Crab Orchard Review

— Benjamin Percy

Library Journal
Daugherty . . . juxtaposes his personal and family history against the backdrop of the events surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing to reveal the grief of the survivors as well as the community. . . . The most powerful of these essays . . . beautifully illustrates how literature can change a person's life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803217232
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/01/2003
Series:
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.15(d)

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Kim Barnes
Daugherty writes with a deep conviction, and the truths he offers are evidence of his journey toward an understanding of the personal, social, and cultural forces which have shaped his life. But this is more than a story of individual self-resolution: it is the narrative of an entire country coming to grips with its own inner demons.
Phillip Lopate
These essays powerfully chart the intersection between place and character, hope and grief. They courageously open themselves to question after question; and the sum total of all these speculations, observations, insights, doubts and eavesdroppings is an uncanny portrait of the America we live in right now, for better or worse.

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