Durations: A Memoir and Personal Essays by Carolyn Osborn

  • Paperback:?200 pages
  • Publisher:?Wings Press (September 1, 2017)
  • Language:?English

Durations: A Memoir and Personal Essays by Carolyn Osborn

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Category Tag

Description

Durations gathers a memoir and seven personal essays that explore the life of the author, from her World War II-era childhood in Tennessee to her adolescence as a small-town cheerleader to life as an author, traveler, and rancher.
Like the main character in her interconnected and often autobiographical short stories, Carolyn Osborn is extremely curious about her occasionally eccentric family, yet she must continually accept the mysteries of reality?a mother, diagnosed as incurably schizophrenic, kept in a state mental hospital, next-door neighbors who appear to live on almost nothing, the eternal balance of caring deeply for an unforgiving Texas Hill Country landscape while traveling from Europe to Egypt to the Galapagos.
Aware of the need for family mythology, she often mines family history (one of her forebears may have followed Daniel Boone over the Cumberland Gap and later settled in Tennessee; his long rifle hangs in Osborn?s living room) and her own distinctly Southern background that witnesses a fading 19th-century morality, readily accepts individual eccentricity, and celebrates storytelling as a way of understanding the world.