The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction

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At a time in her life when she once thought a person should have been well settled in for the long haul, Sandor and her new beloved set out to being a new life together. They buy an old house on the border between the large university, which employs them both, and a small urban/student “wilderness.” Sandor’s young daughter, Hannah, divides her time between her father and her mother’s new home. Almost immediately, Sandor’s partner, Tracy, undergoes sudden heart surgery. He survives, but as they marvel at the ...

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At a time in her life when she once thought a person should have been well settled in for the long haul, Sandor and her new beloved set out to being a new life together. They buy an old house on the border between the large university, which employs them both, and a small urban/student “wilderness.” Sandor’s young daughter, Hannah, divides her time between her father and her mother’s new home. Almost immediately, Sandor’s partner, Tracy, undergoes sudden heart surgery. He survives, but as they marvel at the fragility of their new life together, they discover that a developer, the Archdiocese of Portland, is planning a multi-story student apartment complex just behind their small, nascent back garden, where a small cluster of Arts and Crafts cottages stands. The development threatens the newfound haven they hope to make for themselves and Sandor’s daughter.

The Late Interiors tells the story of five seasons of change and renewal in a woman’s life, braiding entries from a garden journal with lyric meditations and full-blown essays on our eternal—and contradictory—hunger for adventure and refuge. Making a life in art, finding domestic harmony in a new partnership, discovering how a neighborhood comes together to take on seemingly unbeatable developers, and learning how to move forward through hardship and fear to embrace life in its fullest are the enduring themes of this witty and beautifully crafted memoir.

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“Sandor is a keen and responsive observer of both people and places, and she chronicles this tumultuous year in her family’s life with a lyric appreciation for tradition and change, adventure and comfort, desire and acceptance.”
Dominique Browning
You won't find design advice or planting tips in The Late Interiors. What you will find is a simple answer to the question, Why bother? Over the centuries, around the world, we have always come home to one truth: Gardening sustains life, love and happiness.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611450057
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/11/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie Sandor is the author of four books, including The Late Interiors, and the 2004 Winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Fiction for Portrait of my Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime: Stories. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: Greenhouse Dreams 1

Summer 2000 7

Fall 45

Winter 99

Spring 127

Summer 2001 163

Epilogue: The Late Interiors 193

Acknowledgments 199

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    AN INTERESTING BIOGRAPHY OF NEW BEGINNINGS AND HOPE! THE LATE INTERIORS BY MARJORIE SANDOR!

    THE LATE INTERIORS: A LIFE UNDER CONSTRUCTION BY MARJORIE SANDOR is an interesting biography mixed with real life deep mysteries such as life,death,love,
    parenthood,gardening,family and communtiy.This is a candid story of new beginnings,
    facing their own mortality,building a marriage,making a stake in a community,grief and the seasons of change. Author,Marjorie,her young daughter,Hannah and her beloved Tracy buy an old home to remodel they will also have to battle a few other obstacles in life along the way on their journey.This is a story that weaves together the struggles of loss of a loved one,personal truths,their is some laughter,some crying,while they are battling change and making a new home.This story if beautifully written and is very thought provoking with wit,shows us that we can embrace life to its fullest,and move forward through hardships and difficult times."The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction" is a wonderful story of hope and love.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Arcade Publishing,a trademark of Skyhorse Publishing,Inc. and My Book Addiction Reviews.

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