"What do you do for a living?" the podiatrist (or the photographer
or the woman in the train station) asks, and Joan Connor answers,
"I'm a writer," waiting with a cringe for the inevitable rejoinder:
"Oh, boy, do I have a story for you!"
How such offerings, not stories but small reports from the thick
of life, become rich reflections on the nature of waiting and
writing, language and love, memory and hope, is the mystery of this
award-winning collection of essays. Traveling between the poles of
Ohio and Vermont, childhood and motherhood, Connor writes of a
peripatetic family whose oddities make the quirks of a Thurber
household seem downright subdued; of a thirteen-year-old son as an
unlikely companion through the torments of middle-aged dating; of
old loves and new; and through it all, of writing as a means of
finding the shortest distance between two lines: hope. With
language that distills insight from anecdote and transforms the
stuff of middling life into telling metaphor, "The World Before
Mirrors," winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize,
lifts the telling of a life's stories into the realm of flight.
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!