Easter Everywhere: A Memoir

Easter Everywhere: A Memoir

by Darcey Steinke

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In this critically beloved and piercing memoir, Darcey Steinke, a minister's daughter, recounts her lifelong struggle to find religion. Though wide-eyed and accepting as a girl, Steinke left the faith in her teenage years; scene by breathtaking scene, she vividly describes the angst, embarrassment, uncertainty, and joy of her decades of on-and-off piety. Emotional, wise, and beautifully crafted, Easter Everywhere is a rare literary accomplishment, a feat of storytelling and personal insight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596919136
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 504,605
File size: 388 KB

About the Author

Darcey Steinke is the author of four novels, two of which were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her novel Suicide Blonde has been translated into eight languages, and her novel Milk has been translated into four. Her nonfiction has been featured in Vogue, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Village Voice, Spin, the Boston Review, and the New York Times Magazine. She currently teaches at both Columbia University and New School University in New York City. She lives with her daughter in Brooklyn.
Darcey Steinke is the author of three previous novels, two of which were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her novel Suicide Blonde has been translated into eight languages.

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Easter Everywhere 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TheAmpersand on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So many writers who write midlife memoirs these days, like Kathryn Harrison and Jeanette Walls, have dark, twisted family secrets to spill, and I'll admit that the element of emotional voyeurism is part of what makes reading memoirs fun. Still, it's a nice change to see a memoir that doesn't contain any plot elements that would interest the Lifetime network. Steinke's writing has a clean, fresh-air quality about it, particularly when she's describing her childhood. She's also led an interesting life; she's one of those people who seem to end up in the middle of interesting and unusual cultural moments ¿ in this case the late-sixties Jesus movement and the late eighties New York "club kid" scene. People who've read a few of these memoirs might recognize her father, a bit of a dreamer who's seemingly unable to square his ideals with the realities of family life, from similar books, though Steinke works hard to make him a sympathetic character. The book's ending is a little diffuse than the last chapters of other coming-through-the-fire memoirs, but I'm pretty sure that Steinke considers her spiritual journey to be far from over, and real life can't always be plotted as neatly as most novels, anyway.
eightambliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easter Everywhere is a memoir of writer Darcey Steinke's life as a minster's daughter, and how her faith changed and affected her life.We start out by reading of a young Steinke who held weddings, funerals and church services for dead animals and neighborhood children, attempting to get closer to God and copy her minister father. Later, as a young adult, she turns to a world of beauty, boyfriends and attempting to fit in. We see her overcome her stutter, go to college, have an abortion,get married, and witness the birth of her daughter. We do hear about her work as a writer, although the book doesn't go into heavy detail about that.As a fan of her work, I was thrilled to see similarities in her life that s he wrote about in her earlier books. There is a point where she lives in her father's rectory-very similar to Ginger in Jesus Saves. She mentions living out in San Francisco, just as the heroine in Suicide Blonde does, and we also hear about her waitressing in North Carolina just as the main character in Up Through the Water does.The ending concludes with her rediscovering her faith with the help of a nun, who is far from the typical religious figure Darcey encountered growing up as a young girl.I highly recommend this book to fans of the author, and for anyone interested in or undergoing a change in their religious beliefs.
sara_k on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easter Everywhere by Darcy Steinke - a memoir. Darcy's mother is at times suicidal as she contemplates how insecure her life is and Darcy's father flits from job to church and back with a strong conviction but more ideals than focus. My father is a preacher and flawed as any other human but we were lucky (?) that he and my mother considered our whole family as important a calling from God as any other mission. Darcy seems to realize the dysfunction relatively early but seeing it and dragging yourself to health are two different things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book. The author provides an excellent description of her developing faith in God as taught in Christian circles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written like you are reading a diary. Her recollection of detail is astounding. Reading her book is like making different choices in life than I actually did and seeing what would have happened. Her ability to put difficult to articulate sensations, observations, etc. into words is among the best of any author I know. I want to give this book to everyone I know.