Wishing for Snow: A Memoir



[PDF / Epub] ✅ Wishing for Snow: A Memoir Author Minrose Gwin – E17streets4all.co.uk In this brave and beautifully composed tribute to her mother, Minrose Gwin accomplishes something rare in the craft of the memoir not merely a record of a devastating mother daughter relationship but In this brave and Snow: A PDF Í beautifully composed tribute to her mother, Minrose Gwin accomplishes something rare in the craft Wishing for PDF or of the memoir not merely a record of a devastating mother daughter relationship but a redemptive act of artistic for Snow: A eBook ´ witness as well In telling the story of her mentally ill poet mother, Erin Taylor Clayton Pitner, Gwin looks backward and forward at a southern family, linking personal and cultural malaise while also attempting to envision the person her mother longed to be, the woman Gwin never knew Erin Taylor wasn t always crazy Her childhood diary fromreveals a cheerful, observant Mississippi girl who steadfastly wished for snow, though usually it didn t come And when it came it didn t stick From a dreamy college student to a young divorced mother who then remarried, grew middle aged, and began to write and publish poetry, Erin Taylor spiraled deeper and deeper into the psychosis that eventually defined her existence until her death from ovarian cancer Gwin searches for her mother amid the poetry, letters, recipes, traffic tickets, newspaper clippings, medical reports, and quixotic lists left behind With humor, intrigue, and sadness, her compelling memo.Wishing for Snow: A Memoir

Minrose Gwin is the Snow: A PDF Í author of three novels The Queen of Palmyra, a Barnes Noble Discover Great New Wishing for PDF or Writers pick and a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award Promise and The Accidentals Wishing for Snow, for Snow: A eBook ´ her memoir about the convergence of poetry and psychosis in her mother s life, was reissued by Harper Perennial in Wearing another hat, she has written four books of literary and cultural criticism and history, most recently Remembering Medgar Evers Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement, and coedited The Literature of the American South, a Norton anthology Minrose began her career as a newspaper reporter Since then, she has taught as a professor at universities across the country, most recently the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico Like the characters in Promise, she grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi.

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  • Hardcover
  • 232 pages
  • Wishing for Snow: A Memoir
  • Minrose Gwin
  • English
  • 02 December 2018
  • 0807129283

10 thoughts on “Wishing for Snow: A Memoir

  1. says:

    This is one of theinventive and surprising memoirs I ve read Growing up in Mississippi in the 1920s and 30s, Gwin s mother wanted nothingthan for it to snow That air of wistfulness, of nostalgia tinged with bitterness, pervades the whole book By the time her mother, Erin Clayton Pitner, a published though never particularly successful poet, died of ovarian cancer in the 1980s, their relationship was a shambles Erin s mental health was shakier than ever she stole flowers from th This is one of theinventive and surprising memoirs I ve read Growing up in Mississippi in the 1920s and 30s, Gwin s mother wanted nothingthan for it to snow That air of wistfulness, of nostalgia tinged with bitterness, pervades the whole book By the time her mother, Erin Clayton Pitner, a published though never particularly successful poet, died of ovarian cancer in the 1980s, their relationship was a shambles Erin s mental health was shakier than ever she stole flowers from the church altar, frequently ran her car off the road, and lived off of canned green beans and she never forgave Minrose for having had her committed to a mental hospital So what I did was this I locked up the woman who gave me birth and I was glad of it I have no excuse I might well do it again Be wary of me I m not a person you d want around if you went crazy Were you the evil one, Mother Was I You died thinking I was your enemy It s a story of loss but also of inheritance, starting with the alternating names Minrose came from her grandmother, also Minrose, who was named after two maiden aunts, Minerva and Rose Erin Taylor was named for her grandmother Poring over Erin s childhood diaries and adulthood vocabulary notebook, photographs, the letters and cards that passed between them, remembered and imagined conversations and monologues, and Erin s darkly observant unrhyming poems No place to hide from the leer of the sun searching out every pothole, every dream denied , Gwin asks her mother, When did you reach the point that everything was in pieces Her own story a daughter born suspiciously soon after her wedding, a series of dead end jobs before finally coming late to feminism and academia, moving to New Mexico with the woman she left her husband for takes a backseat, and at times I would have liked to hearStill, this is a wonderful bereavement memoir and family memoir, full of arresting passages and the dripping honey flavor of the South.Somefavorite lines Some stories are like stolen glimpses over the shoulder Some stories are never satisfied They fly away only to return, predictably, in their own good time, hungry to be told again Grief is a matter of balance, of rivers and streams and dams and arroyos that flow and hold in time and space If the balance is altered you can be washed away You can drown

  2. says:

    I read this because the author was my college mentor I found it fascinating because I knew her I don t know if it would have been as compelling without that connection, though I can t really remember much about the book now.

  3. says:

    I have great admiration for the writer She had a rotten childhood, the stuff of horror stories It s difficult to read, but short enough Also, there are elements of her family s story in her fiction, which I found interesting.

  4. says:

    I enjoyed the second half of this memoir better than the first part because there was so much family history to display of the author s mother and her family.The poems written by the author s mother and the mother s early diary entries as a young girl were especially lovely 3 17 2018

  5. says:

    Gwin s memoir about her crazy mother whom she commitsthan once is really a form meets content exploration of grief and guilt And like grief, it doesn t progress logically through time it s disorderly, rambling, funny, frustrating and acute In the first paragraph alone the narrator moves from herself to her mother to her mother s birth which occurs at the time of day when overripe figs tremble and slip to earth without a sound Still in the same paragraph, we hear about yellow jacket Gwin s memoir about her crazy mother whom she commitsthan once is really a form meets content exploration of grief and guilt And like grief, it doesn t progress logically through time it s disorderly, rambling, funny, frustrating and acute In the first paragraph alone the narrator moves from herself to her mother to her mother s birth which occurs at the time of day when overripe figs tremble and slip to earth without a sound Still in the same paragraph, we hear about yellow jackets who straddle, lick and thrust, and we end by learning how this just birthed baby dies.And so it goes, for 227 pages, the story moving back back and forth over a hundred years, often without taking a breath There are brilliant descriptions of Gwin s mother stealing flowers from altars and eating green beans off the floor, stories of ponies dragged behind trucks and grim picnics where no one speaks This book reminds me of The Sound and the Fury beautiful and flawed I loved it I don t think everyone would

  6. says:

    Actually, I think I d give this book 2 and a half stars The story itself was interesting, about the author s mother and how her progressively worse mental illness affected her family Her mother was also a poet, and many of the poems are included in the book However, I often found Gwin s writing style distracting It s hard to follow a sentence when it s an entire paragraph long So, I guess I d give this a thumbs up, albeit with some reservations.

  7. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved the lyricism and episodic nature of Gwin s memoirs She had me internally narrating events in her voice for days.I found the story of Gwin s mother compelling as well It was beautiful and tragic the complexity of her as a person, her conflicting roles as mother, abuser, poet, cancer victim, and mental patient that played out in the stretches of prose between her truly beautiful poems.

  8. says:

    Ufda Tough book for me to get through Just not a good fit for me, i guess

  9. says:

    sad intense necessary it matters to talk about this subject and this author does so in a painfully honest and beautiful way.

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