Keeper of the Moon: A Southern Boyhood

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Tim McLaurin's critically acclaimed and prize-winning memoir is now back in print!

A childhood gift of a telescope made Tim McLaurin "the keeper of the moon" and set him on the path to becoming a writer. But just as his second novel, Woodrow's Trumpet, was about to be published a diagnosis of bone marrow cancer that threatened his life set him on an introspective journey into his own past that brought raves from many of his fellow Southern ...

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Overview

Tim McLaurin's critically acclaimed and prize-winning memoir is now back in print!

A childhood gift of a telescope made Tim McLaurin "the keeper of the moon" and set him on the path to becoming a writer. But just as his second novel, Woodrow's Trumpet, was about to be published a diagnosis of bone marrow cancer that threatened his life set him on an introspective journey into his own past that brought raves from many of his fellow Southern novelists.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
His childhood home in North Carolina was a ``physical heaven,' ' recalls novelist McLaurin ( The Acorn Plan ), despite the hardscrabble lot of his rural family. Capturing the grittiness of Southern poverty as well as the abundance of joy in its midst, he composes a wistful paean to a southland that has nearly vanished. One of five children raised by a resourceful mother and alcoholic father, he became a handler of poisonous snakes and a youthful stargazer (hence the title) while developing a thirst for a larger world. Also featured are earthy Southern family members and friends, their eccentric behaviors and knack for knockabout fun. McLaurin, who overcame bone cancer with a marrow transplant from a sibling, pays tribute to his heritage in this lively, memorable memoir. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Readers of this tedious coming-of-age memoir hoping for insight on the ``real South'' will only find here the pretentious manly cliches that Esquire magazine loves so much. The men who populate novelist McLaurin's ( Woodrow's Trumpet , LJ 8/89) North Carolina childhood are hard drinkin', hard livin', colorful characters, while the women are either strong, tough matriarchs (McLaurin's mother) or seductive bimbos (his first wife). (McLaurin's patronizing attitude toward women is particularly annoying; he describes his future second wife as ``a fine woman who . . . would birth my two children.'') A shame really, because hidden under the overwritten portentous prose is the nugget of a powerful book; McLaurin's account of his struggles against a rare form of bone cancer and his younger brother's gift of bone marrow is the only part where his book comes alive. Not recommended. Librarians should stick to Harry Crews's classic A Childhood ( LJ 9/15/78).-- Wilda Williams, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765436719
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 317

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