Tending to Virginia

Tending to Virginia

by Jill McCorkle
     
 

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We always knew Southern women were different, but now we know why: They don't have babies, they have generations!

When Virginia Turner Ballard has a baby, it's a grand occasion. Her mother and grandmother come to the lying in to help her prepare for the new arrival. And what help! It is more physic than physical, more familial than either, and it reawakens memories

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We always knew Southern women were different, but now we know why: They don't have babies, they have generations!

When Virginia Turner Ballard has a baby, it's a grand occasion. Her mother and grandmother come to the lying in to help her prepare for the new arrival. And what help! It is more physic than physical, more familial than either, and it reawakens memories of kith and clan in all of us.

For family members are real, and as this story has it, are a legacy passed down among a family's women. They are a gift in the celebration of growing up, a process in which the generations participate, a participation that Jill McCorkle shows us lasts into old age and give us hope that those last years may really be golden.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Letting go is the theme of McCorkle's funny, wise and accomplished third novel, following The Cheer Leader and July 7th. Virginia Suzanne Ballard is 28 years old, eight months pregnant and not at all sure she wants to leave her family and move ``North'' (to Richmond) with her young lawyer husband. When stricken with toxemia, Ginny Sue is tended for a week by three generations of her family's women: Her favored grandmother Emily and great-aunt Lena, cantakerous and large-hearted widows not always willing to distinguish between past and present; her mother Hannah with her cousin Madge; and her own contemporary cousin Cindy, a brash and vulnerable, quick-spoken divorcee. Conversation among the women is woven of memories and half-remembered recollections, current misunderstandings, wishes, disappointments and a dark secret concerning Cindy's father, a Chevrolet salesman with an Egyptian obsession., With a sure touch and impeccable comic timing, McCorkle leads her characters to revelations and emotional relief during an afternoon when a tornado adds its own bit of havoc. As the family's history emerges from a flood of interrelated experiences, the narrative achieves coherent drama. This novel confirms McCorkle's place among other talented Southern storytellers. 25,000 first printing. (September 30)
Library Journal
Fears and insecurities about her future and a sense of detachment from her present life drive young, married, pregnant Virginia Sue Turner Ballard to the people and places most familiar to her. Threatened by toxemia, Virginia stays at her grandmother's house for several weeks, surrounded by the women of her family. McCorkle takes us into the house as three generations of women unfold their secret dreams, wishes, disappointments, and experiences for the first time. With humor, mystery, and insight, she portrays the bonds that tie the women of a family together. Laced with Southern dialogue and a bit of folklore, Tending to Virginia is an important addition to the works of a promising new writer (The Cheerleader, July 7th ). Recommended for general fiction collections and academic collections featuring women's literature. Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, N.J.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449216248
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/12/1988
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
10
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.86(d)

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