Writing on Stone: Scenes from a Maine Island Life: Photographs by Peter Ralston: With a Foreword by Philip W. Conkling

Writing on Stone: Scenes from a Maine Island Life: Photographs by Peter Ralston: With a Foreword by Philip W. Conkling

by Christina Marsden Gillis
     
 

A moving personal account of how the life of an island, past and present, shapes and transforms the unexpected loss of a sonSee more details below

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A moving personal account of how the life of an island, past and present, shapes and transforms the unexpected loss of a son

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“Writing on Stone offers resonant pictures of a remarkable community. Peter Ralston's photographs add color intervals to the narrative, and his colleague Philip Conkling's citation from Goethe about the shock of recognition sets the stage for the memoir that follows. ”—Working Waterfront

“...Gillis' poignant and melancholy memoir of 40 summers spent with her family on Gotts Island, living in the house once owned by poet and writer Ruth Moore...reflects that influence of dark mood and damp atmosphere, with emotion and thoughtful reflection.”—Kennebec Journal

“Gillis's range of reference is broad and engaging. She will bring in the Cuban artist Ana Mendieta or Virginia Wolff or that famous island couple, the Kellams, from nearby Placentia Island, to highlight a point about island life. She also sketches portraits of islanders: Russie Gott, Lyle and Vee Reed, Norma Stanley, Uncle Mont. Locals and summer people end up sharing a lot, from solitude to the solace of memories of better days. Writing on Stone offers resonant pictures of a remarkable community. Peter Ralston's photographs add color intervals to the narrative, and his colleague Philip Conkling's citation from Goethe about the shock of recognition sets the stage for the memoir that follows. ‘The island is a gathering,’ Gillis writes. ‘It is a site for undertaking the archaeology of memory. It is the perfect medium.’ The author knows whereof she speaks.”—Working Waterfront

"If you leave a copy on your visitors' bedside table, better buy another because it will disappear when they leave." —Lincoln County News (Damariscotta, Maine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584656975
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
04/30/2008
Edition description:
Published in association with Island Institute, Rockland, Maine
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,126,723
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Trained in eighteenth-century English literature, CHRISTINA MARSDEN GILLIS became for sixteen years Associate Director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, where she organized programs on humanities advocacy, social suffering, and intersections between the humanities and medicine.

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