A Strong West Wind: A Memoir

A Strong West Wind: A Memoir

by Gail Caldwell
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A Strong West Wind: A Memoir by Gail Caldwell

In this exquisitely rendered memoir set on the high plains of Texas, Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell transforms into art what it is like to come of age in a particular time and place. A Strong West Wind begins in the 1950s in the wilds of the Texas Panhandle–a place of both boredom and beauty, its flat horizons broken only by oil derricks, grain elevators, and church steeples. Its story belongs to a girl who grew up surrounded by dust storms and cattle ranches and summer lightning, who took refuge from the vastness of the land and the ever-present wind by retreating into books. What she found there, from renegade women to men who lit out for the territory, turned out to offer a blueprint for her own future. Caldwell would grow up to become a writer, but first she would have to fall in love with a man who was every mother’s nightmare, live through the anguish and fire of the Vietnam years, and defy the father she adored, who had served as a master sergeant in the Second World War.

A Strong West Wind is a memoir of culture and history–of fathers and daughters, of two world wars and the passionate rebellions of the sixties. But it is also about the mythology of place and the evolution of a sensibility: about how literature can shape and even anticipate a life.

Caldwell possesses the extraordinary ability to illuminate the desires, stories, and lives of ordinary people. Written with humanity, urgency, and beautiful restraint, A Strong West Wind is a magical and unforgettable book, destined to become an American classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812972566
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/09/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 647,676
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Gail Caldwell is the chief book critic for The Boston Globe, where she has been a staff writer and critic since 1985. In 2001, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. She is also an avid rower. Caldwell lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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A Strong West Wind 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was very enjoyable and easy to read. Being close to the author's age, with similar experiences, I found myself reliving the memories of my life in the 60's and 70's. I would highly recommend this book to anyone!
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Amazing.....!Excellent......!Just enjoy it.....!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and highly recomd it to anyone who ever wanted to up and go to a totally diff part of the world (states). To anyone who lived thru the crazy sixties and anyone who loves or knows Texas. G. Caldwell is well known for many lovely stories in Boston Globe. I too liked her loving tribute to her gather. Beautifully written.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is impossible to follow and there is no plot. The book jumps back and forth with no apparent meaning or plot. I definitely would not recomend this book to anyone. The blurb is completely misleading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mostly a history lesson on a personal basis of herself and the things happening during her young life. Very scattered thoughts. Not that much of a page turner.
Non-FictionReader More than 1 year ago
This is a terrible book. It babbles along with no meaning and without saying anything understandable or worthwhile at all. Just alot of naming of authors and books and big words! I could not and would not recommend this book to anyone!!!