What the River Means

What the River Means

by Elizabeth Hodges
     
 

What the River Means is a narrative about growing up, about accepting who we become and how we come to be that way, and about the common influences that shape our lives - often in differing ways. Through memorable stories, Elizabeth Hodges examines the importance of place in who we become and the importance of naming one's world in order to live well in it. She… See more details below

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What the River Means is a narrative about growing up, about accepting who we become and how we come to be that way, and about the common influences that shape our lives - often in differing ways. Through memorable stories, Elizabeth Hodges examines the importance of place in who we become and the importance of naming one's world in order to live well in it. She relates memories, trying to make sense of them in ways that will provide some truth in the present day, admitting the lengths that children go to make sense of adult worlds and situations, and to negotiate change and tragedy. What the River Means will be enjoyed by all of us who have a love of and interest in family, in relationships between the generations, and an appreciation of life on a river.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820702940
Publisher:
Duquesne University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Emerging Writers in Creative Nonfiction Series
Edition description:
20%
Pages:
249
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Thoughts and Thanks
Sect. IFaces Pouring Past Me Talking1
My Grandfather and the Fish3
Baptism I - Vegetable Man19
Decapitating Crocuses on Easter Morning26
Baptism II - My Grandmother and the Colonel38
Death by African Violet46
Sect. IILearning to Name67
What the River Meant69
Baptism III - Learning to Name86
Blood and Blue Willow95
Baptism IV - Jim Brew107
Dreams of Push-Button Eyes110
Radio Wars131
The Second Time I Almost Died145
Baptism V - Gloria Sings165
Before the Storm171
Sect. IIITo Feel the Cords that Bind185
Crossing with Deer, Providence Road187
The World When We Are Not In It200
What the River Means226

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