by James McKean

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Bound by James McKean

As a boy, Jim McKean understood little about the lives of the women in his family. Perhaps they preferred it that way. Later, marriage brought another group of women and then a daughter brought questions. The answers revealed stories of remarkable women who survived their time and place, creating a legacy of grit and independence, vulnerability and pain, as they struggled to create lives through the vagaries of war, broken homes, and discrimination. Revisiting these stories has drawn Jim McKean back into the family of women who raised him, stories that bind his and their worlds together.

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BN ID: 2940158824425
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 10/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 765 KB

About the Author

James McKean earned an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his PhD from the University of Iowa. He has published three books of poems, Headlong, Tree of Heaven, and We Are the Bus; and a book of essays, Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports. A professor emeritus at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he still teaches for the Queens University low-residency MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Bound 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took Jim McKean's class "Writing from memory" at the Tinker Mountain Writer's Workshop at Hollins University, Virginia summer 2017. I read his ‘Rootie Katoozie One Man Band’ even before I took his class when I was trying to decide on which class to spend my scholarship money. Then I met the person and sat in his class and heard him talk about his upcoming book. Now that I have finally read "Bound" I want to say that Jim's book is as warm as the person himself. His memories about the women around him and his analyses about them are so profound. His writing style, for example, his first story "The Lesson Plan" about his meeting his wife when he was her lecturer, was written in the second person present tense instead of the standard past tense looking back. What it did is that, it made me feel present in that moment as his story was unfolding with his wife. Going back and forth and yet staying in the present, it told his entire love story in just a couple of pages yet managed to evoke the emotions of an entire lifetime of love. I liked his honesty in admitting that a previous article he wrote about his aunt, the Olympic swimmer, did not do her justice. The rewrite in Bound definitely gave a complete picture of the person. I especially liked the essay form that the stories were written in, each one a story of its own, disconnected yet connected because of belonging to the same family. As I read through all the stories I was introduced to a past era of America with its knitting grandmas, newspaper businesses, and old divorce laws. A story worth telling indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful and feeling, McKean paints lyrical portraits of the influential women in his life and times gone by-a lovely read