Spellbound: Growing Up in God's Country

Spellbound: Growing Up in God's Country


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In this soul-piercing memoir, David McKain penetrates the secret world of a poor boy coming of age on his own in "God's Country," a small oil-drilling town in the Allegheny Mountains during the 1940s and 1950s. His devoutly religious parents, overwhelmed by their own struggles, relinquished their son's upbringing to the town and the wooded slopes that encircled it. Cutting school, straying from Boy Scouts, dropping out of church choir, McKain maneuvered away from control and into the joys and trials of adolescent discovery. Spellbound is an unforgettable story of a family enmeshed in tenderness and poverty, faith and affliction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820343631
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Series: Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction Series , #25
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

DAVID McKAIN (1937-2017) was a poet and professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut. His books of poems include In Touch, The Common Life, and Spirit Bodies. He is the editor of The Whole Earth: Essays in Appreciation, Anger, and Hope and Christianity: Some Non-Christian Appraisals.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Part 1

1 God's Country 3

2 Roots 13

3 Spinning 21

4 The Mark 30

5 The Ledger 39

6 The Fishbowl 48

7 The Second Smartest Man in America 60

8 Things of the Earth 70

9 Strangers 80

10 The Great Flood 93

11 Exposure 103

12 Boys 110

Part 2

13 Some Moves 121

14 The Most Important Person in the World 135

15 Play 147

16 Money 160

17 Nights 167

18 Work 178

19 God's Plan 193

20 Graduation 207

21 The Man Who Looked Like My Father 215

22 Balls and Strikes 223

23 Shoe Box 237

24 In Everything Give Thanks 249

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