Memory of Trees: A Daughter's Story of a Family Farm

Memory of Trees: A Daughter's Story of a Family Farm

by Gayla Marty
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Memory of Trees is a multigenerational story of Gayla Marty’s family farm, cleared from woodlands by her great-grandfather Jacob in the 1880s, near Rush City, Minnesota. Movingly written, Memory of Trees will resonate for many with attachments to small towns or farms, whether they continue to work the land or, like so many, have left for a

See more details below

Overview

Memory of Trees is a multigenerational story of Gayla Marty’s family farm, cleared from woodlands by her great-grandfather Jacob in the 1880s, near Rush City, Minnesota. Movingly written, Memory of Trees will resonate for many with attachments to small towns or farms, whether they continue to work the land or, like so many, have left for a different life.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book, with its singular ‘daughter’s voice,’ is a rare and wonderful confluence of vision, family history, and fine writing. It adds a much-needed perspective to the Midwestern experience." —Will Weaver

"Gayla Marty has written the elegy for the American family farm we've been waiting for. But this is an elegy too steadfast to be satisfied with regret. The prose burns with a transparent light, documenting a way of life and unearthing a family saga that together achieve the power of history. Part memoir, part social anthropology, Memory of Trees is a moving, spirited inquiry into a lost—or perhaps abandoned—American ideal. Already it feels like a classic." —Patricia Hampl

"Memory of Trees is the most comforting kind of farm memoir—sad, yes, but written with an open heart to the rural trinity: farm, family, and faith. . . . This one is for the smart little girls who adored their hardworking, faith-driven, farming fathers. It is for women displaced from home, who eventually integrate into the rhythms of city life, and then watch as claims to home disappear with a few shaky signatures. That is not comforting—that is bone-achingly sad, turning over some real cultural grief—but Marty tells it with love. That is its comfort." —Star Tribune

"Memoirs can be cool in tone when the author seems to step back and view his or her life dispassionately. Not so with Marty, and that’s what makes this story so affecting. There have been many books written by Minnesotans about the loss of their farms, but Marty does not hide her emotions. When the family has to sell, her grief is like a howl. . . . Her evocation of the day everything is auctioned, including harnesses that had been in the family for two generations, is so painful to read you can feel Marty’s heartbreak." —Pioneer Press

"The changing face of American agriculture is a story of land, but it is also a story of families, and this wise and lyrical memoir of one daughter’s story of a family farm is a portrait worth more than a thousand facts." —Rain Taxi Review of Books

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816667093
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
03/15/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,352,500
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >