Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery

Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery

by Linda Murphy Marshall
Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery

Ivy Lodge: A Memoir of Translation and Discovery

by Linda Murphy Marshall


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After both her parents die, Linda Murphy Marshall, a multi-linguist and professional translator, returns to her midwestern childhood home, Ivy Lodge, to sort through a lifetime of belongings with her siblings. Room by room, she sifts through the objects in her parents’ house and uses her skills and perspective as a longtime professional translator to make sense of the events of her past—to “translate” her memories and her life. In the process, she sees things with new eyes. All of her parents’ things, everything having to do with their cherished hobbies, are housed in a home that, although it looks impressive from the outside, is anything but impressive inside; in short, she now realizes that much of it —even the house’s fancy name—was show.

By the time Murphy Marshall is done with Ivy Lodge, she has not only made new discoveries about her past, she has also come to a new understanding of who she is and how she fits into her world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647423674
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 07/12/2022
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 668,939
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Linda Murphy Marshall is a multi-linguist and writer with a PhD in Hispanic languages and literature, a master’s in Spanish, and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Maryland Literary Review, the Ocotillo Review, Chestnut Review, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Bacopa Literary Review, PopMatters, Storgy [UK], The Bark Magazine, Catamaran Literary Reader, and Critical Read. She was featured in American Writers Review, where she was an Honorable Mention for the 2019 Fiction Contest. She was long-listed in Strands Publishers’s 2021 International Flash Fiction Contest, and was a finalist in the 2020 Annual Adelaide Literary Contest for one of her essays. In addition, she is currently a reader for Fourth Genre and a translation editor for the Los Angeles Review. Her sketches and paintings have been featured in art shows and galleries. She lives in Columbia, MD.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Ivy Lodge 7

2 Gill Avenue: Before the Glitter 17

3 Fountain of Youth 32

4 Animal Instincts 35

5 Stone Soldiers 38

6 Remembering the Alamo 41

7 The Siblings Arrive 44

8 Kitchen: The Heart of the Home 50

9 Breakfast Nook: Stand-In Family Room 65

10 Rathskeller: Train[ing] Ground 79

11 Basement: Working on the Railroad 89

12 First-Floor Bathroom: Unwelcome Visitors 113

13 First-Floor Bedroom: The Teenage Years 116

14 Foyer: Making an Entrance 126

15 Attic: Gone and Forgotten 139

16 My Parents' Bedroom: My Mother 147

17 My Parents' Bedroom: My Father 182

18 Second-Floor Bedroom 208

19 Dining Room: Diorama of Silver, China, and Crystal 218

20 Living Room: The Beginning of the End 241

21 A Final Translation 249

Epilogue 259

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