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A Space Apart
     

A Space Apart

by Meredith Sue Willis
 

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“A Space Apart is so deftly and subtly written, I hardly noticed how involved I’d become until I’d read the last page and turned it, wanting more. The Scarlin family is going to be with me for a very long time.” –Anne Tyler

“Willis fleshes out with warmth and tenderness the complexities of family love, which not only

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“A Space Apart is so deftly and subtly written, I hardly noticed how involved I’d become until I’d read the last page and turned it, wanting more. The Scarlin family is going to be with me for a very long time.” –Anne Tyler

“Willis fleshes out with warmth and tenderness the complexities of family love, which not only defines commitment but deepens the need. An important new talent.” –The Kirkus Reviews

“This is the story of a broken family trying to mend itself through three generations. It is a painful but essential process, and like all such repair jobs, it is only partly successful. Before it is over we come to know John and Vera and Mary Kay, as well as Vera’s daughters, Lee and Tonie–to understand the wars they must declare and the peaces that they are able to proclaim within the state of being Scarlins. –The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Space Apart brings to life three generations of the Scarlin family in a small mining town in West Virginia. With warmth and precision, Meredith Sue Willis portrays every member of this remarkable family, the love that draws them together and the bitterness that divides them. The story, told from their different--and often conflicting--points of view, tells how each struggles to find his or her place, not only in the family, but in the world.

An eccentric old preacher is the patriarch of the family, a born-again Baptist, who used to preach at the mine sites, calling down lightning on the Catholic Church. His daughter, Mary Katherine, grows up to resent him for maligning the memory of her mother, while her brother, John, a recalcitrant preacher, remains aloof in his solitary ambition. John marries Vera, who forever baffles him with her pranks and "malicious mischief." Willful and childlike, she plays out her fantasies, leaving her two daughters very much on their own: Lee, who goes to New York longing for a memory of family harmony; Tonie, moody and independent, who takes the most unlikely man in town as her lover.

A Space Apart is a novel of extraordinary perception and wit. Ms. Willis, in perfect control, draws us into the Scarlins' relations with each other, their innermost thoughts, motives, and dreams. It is a novel to be read and reread for its rare quality and spirit.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044344808
Publisher:
Foreverland Press
Publication date:
02/21/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
577 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Meredith Sue Willis grew up in West Virginia and attended Bucknell University for two years then spent a year as a Volunteer in Service to America. She took degrees from Barnard College and Columbia University in New York City. Her fiction has been published by Charles Scribner's Sons, HarperCollins, West Virginia University Press, Mercury House, Ohio University Press and other presses. Her book of literary short stories, In the Mountains of America, was praised in the New York Times Book Review as an "important lesson on the nature and function of literature itself." Her latest books are two collections of short stories, Out of the Mountains from Ohio University Press and Re-Visions from Hamilton Stone Editions, and a book about writing from Montemayor Press called Ten Strategies to Write a Novel. She now lives in New Jersey, a short train ride from New York City, where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Meredith is an occasional visiting writer-in-the-schools in New York and New Jersey, keeps a four season organic garden, and is active in local racial integration politics. To learn more about her and her books, see her web page at www.meredithsuewillis.com.

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