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Do I have a right to write this story? The road that trans people must travel to realise themselves fully, unfurling their truth before the world, is a long and painful one. Every step along that way is tangled with fear and provocation, and too often each moment of personal courage and joy is poisoned by the ignorance and insensitivity of others. As the mother of a trans daughter, I have walked that road with my child and I have, in some small part, suffered her pain. I fully understand that her suffering - and that of her countless trans sisters across the world and across time - is her own story to tell. I can only ever be an onlooker in this experience. But I, too, have my story. Loving a child with the fierce and unshakeable love that is born with an infant's first cry in a new world, brings a love that reaches inward to the spirit and beyond physical form. That tiny person I gave birth to is still a part of me, and her journey will, in some way, always be mine. Elisabeth Spencer Parry's daughter, Milly, came out as trans when she was twenty-one, undergoing sex-reassignment surgery in Bangkok at the age of twenty-four. The Road to My Daughter explores Elisabeth's emotional journey over the course of her daughter's life, as she struggles firstly with the mystery of Milly's constant unhappiness, then with the revelation of her coming out, through a sense of bereavement, bewilderment and guilt, culminating in her determination to help her child become her true self.
"A wonderful addition to the collections of Christmas stories rendered in the past by the team of McCord and Tucker." --Carolyn Haines, author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mississippi Delta Mystery series While Christmas stories are traditionally sweet, warm, and fuzzy, not every holiday memory generates a feeling of ease, merriment, and plenty. Penned by the capable hands of twelve of the best writers in the South, the stories in this collection challenge, illuminate, and provoke strong feelings as they examine Christmas from a variety of unexpected angles. From the desperation arising from marital separation in "Occasion for Repentance" to a widowed judge's attempt to open his heart in "The Amaryllis," the contributing authors examine human experience in the context of the Christmas season. In a manner exclusive to only the best literature, these stories elucidate emotions shared by all people. The stories affirm the power of family in the face of hardship, as exemplified in "Novena," where a daughter welcomes her elderly mother into her home, or "Blue's Holiday," where a father dresses up as Santa for his aging daughter. Each character in every story is deeply developed, unifying the anthology with a pervading sense of quality authorship. With an impressive ensemble of award-winning writers, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler, critically acclaimed Olympia Vernon, and Guggenheim Fellow Elizabeth Spencer, Christmas Stories from the South's Best Writers provides sensitive and deeply felt reflections on the Christmas season from a mature and thoughtful perspective. ABOUT THE EDITORS Charline R. McCord received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and has studied literature at Mississippi College and Oxford University. An arts activist and director of communications, McCord has extensive experience editing, publishing, and teaching. She has been writing short stories for more than twenty years and was the recipient of the Henry Bellamann Award in Creative Writing. McCord lives in Clinton, Mississippi. Mississippi native Judy H. Tucker is a playwright and freelance editor. She has received numerous awards for her plays, including a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission in 2007 and the Daughters of the American Revolution Evelyn Cole Peters Award for historical drama. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi.
Admirers of Elizabeth Spencer's writing will welcome back into
print her first novel, and her new readers will discover the
sources of her notable talent in this book. Published in 1948 to
extraordinary attention from such eminent writers as Robert Penn
Warren, Eudora Welty, and Katherine Anne Porter, this
father-and-son story revolves around an old southern theme of
family grievances and vendettas.
"Fire in the Morning" recounts the conflict between two families extending over two generations up to the 1930s.The arrival of an innocent stranger flares old arguments and ignites new passions. In Spencer's compelling tale of the half-forgotten violence, the well-deep understanding of father and son, Kinloch Armstrong, the young hero, confronts mysteries of the past. His wife, a newcomer to the area and its legacies, makes friends with a family of traditional rivals. After she is involved in a nighttime wreck and the death of a local man, the past gradually comes to light, and the two families once again become caught up in revelations, hatreds, and conflicts. Spencer faithfully renders the setting--a small, dusty Mississippi town--and the surrounding countryside as it was in the early twentieth century.
The magnetic appeal of land, sea, and sky along the southern
coast has drawn Elizabeth Spencer many times to this lush and
semitropical setting. This collection brings together six of her
stories set amid terrain lapped by the warm coastal currents. These
stories all happen on the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, from New
Orleans to Florida. In each a girl or young woman gives voice to
the narrative, probing and groping for a secure place and
The six stories included here are "On the Gulf," "The Legacy," "A Fugitive's Wife," "Mr. McMillan," "Go South in the Winter," and "Ship Island." Each reveals the special allure of the Gulf Coast region through the author's depiction of character and engagement with the complexities of plot. In these stories that illuminate the lives of sundry females--from insecure waifs to novice seductresses--Spencer investigates female psyche, a topic which lies at the core of much of her fiction.
In 2010, Eno Publishers, based in Hillsborough, North Carolina, published 27 Views of Hillsborough: A Southern Town in Poetry & Prose, with an introduction from Michael Malone and literary contributions from 27 writers that included Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle, Craig Nova, and Jaki Shelton Green, among others. To have a town documented in so many genres by so many skillful practitioners from so many perspectives was a rare phenomenon.
Tier 2 language intervention programme for 3- to 5-year-old children at risk for reading difficulties. Through interactive animal-themed storybooks and lively, engaging audio recordings, Story Friends (TM) effectively boosts oral language and vocabulary development. Here's a link to a webinar introducing Story Friends (TM): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2lyUAbsY5Y
Elizabeth Spencer presents a vital, moving story set in the deep South--the Delta and Mississippi hill country. Amos Dudley was a farm boy in the Delta country at the turn of the century until he started working for his brother Ephraim in the store by the railroad. It was an ordinary enough environment in which to begin to feel the strange forces that move a man to set his course in the world.But the forces working within Amos were by no means ordinary. Sometimes cruel, sometimes suddenly tender, they were strong and willful, so that Amos became a man to reckon with--to Ary, his beautiful, plantation-born wife, to the woman in the bayou, to the shiftless philosopher, Arney. Even the rich black swamp soil which he wrested from the forest and gave to his cotton seemed to respond with awe and eagerness to Amos's will. His sensuous, wayward daughter and the man she loved especially felt the full shattering drama of the violence which had evidently been building--building in the fate of a man who, regardless, takes his own crooked way.
Elizabeth Spencer is "a master storyteller" ("San Francisco Chronicle"), her work called "dazzling" by Walker Percy. Whether she's writing short stories or novels, Spencer is acclaimed for holding her worlds up to light and turning them to see what they reflect. "The Night Travellers," set in North Carolina and Montreal during the Vietnam War years, is her most revealing work yet.Mary Kerr Harbison is a promising teenaged dancer when she meets Jefferson Blaise, an intellectual radical-in-the-making. He becomes a part of her life and over the objections of Mary's wealthy, abusive mother, her husband.
But although Jeff's heart is devoted to Mary, his life is devoted to protesting the Vietnam War--at first through the public rallies, later through guerilla tactics. As Jeff is drawn deeper and deeper into the movement, he and Mary are forced to go underground and eventually move to Canada. Jeff's activities keep him on the move, and Mary, living in Montreal, struggles to raise her daughter and make a life for herself.
An exploration of a dramatic period in our history, The Night Travellers is a powerful depiction of lives forever changed by political beliefs and fervidly held convictions.
The elderly couple in this fine novel, a retired schoolteacher and the doctor with whom she has had a lifelong, tender love affair, find that, almost by accident, they have forfeited control of their own lives. Trapped in a nursing home, they are the victims of the biblical "apostles of light," the deceitful do-gooders who profess righteousness. In subtle, elegant prose Ellen Douglas recounts a gripping story of their brave attempt to free themselves from a dreadful plight. They must confront both their corrupt and evil custodians and their well-meaning younger relatives who are tempted by greed, ambition, cowardice, and indifference. "Apostles of Light" was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1973.
Elizabeth Spencer is captivated by Italy. For her it has been a second home. A one-time resident who returns there, this native-born Mississippian has found Italy to be an enchanting land whose culture lends itself powerfully to her artistic vision.
Some of her most acclaimed work is set there. Her American characters encounter but never quite wholly adjust to the mysteries of the Italian mores. Collected here in one volume are Spencer's six Italian tales. Their plots are so alluring and enigmatic that Boccaccio would have been charmed by their delightful ironies and their sinister contrasts of dark and light.
Spencer is grounded in two bases-Italy and the American South. Her characters too, mostly Southerners, rove in search of connection and fulfillment.
In "The Light in the Piazza" (a novella which has become both Spencer's signature piece and a Hollywood film) a stranger from North Carolina, traveling with her beautiful daughter, encounters the intoxicating beauty of sunlit Florence and discovers a deep conflict in the moral dilemma it presents. "I think this work has great charm," Spencer has said, "and it probably is the real thing, a work written under great compulsion, while I was under the spell of Italy. But it took me, all told, about a month to write."
In "Knights and Dragons" (another novella and a companion piece to "The Light in the Piazza") an American woman in Rome and Venice struggles for release from her husband's sinister control over her. Spencer sets this tale in the cold and wintry dark and here portrays the other face of Italy. In "The Cousins," "The Pincian Gate," "The White Azalea," and "The Visit," Spencer shows the exceptional artistry that has merited acclaim for her as one of America's first-class writers of the short story.
In the mid-1950s, the town of Lacey in the Mississippi hill country is a place where the lives of blacks and whites, though seemingly separate, are in fact historically and inevitably intertwined. When Lacey's fair-haired boy, Duncan Harper, is appointed interim sheriff, he makes public his private convictions about the equality of blacks before the law, and the combined threat and promise he represents to the understood order of things in Lacey affects almost every member of the community. In the end, Harper succeeds in pointing the way for individuals, both black and white, to find a more harmonious coexistence, but at a sacrifice all must come to regret.
In The Voice at the Back Door, Mississippi native Elizabeth Spencer gives form to the many voices that shaped her view of race relations while growing up, and at the same time discovers her own voice -- one of hope. Employing her extraordinary literary powers -- finely honed narrative techniques, insight into a rich, diverse cast of characters, and an unerring ear for dialect -- Spencer makes palpable the psychological milieu of a small southern town hobbled by tradition but lurching toward the dawn of the civil rights movement. First published in 1956, The Voice at the Back Door is Spencer's most highly praised novel yet, and her last to treat small-town life in Mississippi.
Fun, engaging and effective, Story Friends (TM) is the first research-based Tier 2 language intervention programme for 3- to 5-year-old children at risk for reading difficulties. Through interactive animal-themed storybooks and lively, engaging audio recordings, Story Friends (TM) effectively boosts oral language and vocabulary development - two of the most important predictors of later reading success. With colourful illustrations, rhyming text, interactive story components, and appealing narration, the programme hooks and holds young attention spans. Story Friends (TM) is a natural fit with any existing classroom schedule or curriculum, so it's easier than ever to deliver interventions when they matter most, and get all young children ready to read and succeed. Packed in a sturdy box with a handle for easy carrying, this kit contains: one Teacher Guide with complete guidance on implementing the programme; three sets of 26 full-colour, animal-themed storybooks; one USB with the audio tracks that accompany each storybook (252 minutes of instruction); and one set of 18 shrink-wrapped picture cards for assessing children's acquisition of words. Ideal for use in a wide variety of early childhood education settings, this convenient kit contains the materials you need to implement the Story Friends (TM) early language and literacy intervention. Here's a link to a webinar introducing Story Friends (TM): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2lyUAbsY5Y
Fun, engaging and effective, Story Friends (TM) is the first research-based Tier 2 language intervention programme for 3- to 5-year-old children at risk for reading difficulties. Through interactive animal-themed storybooks and lively, engaging audio recordings, Story Friends (TM) effectively boosts oral language and vocabulary development - two of the most important predictors of later reading success. With colourful illustrations, rhyming text, interactive story components, and appealing narration, the programme hooks and holds young attention spans. Story Friends (TM) is a natural fit with any existing classroom schedule or curriculum, so it's easier than ever to deliver interventions when they matter most, and get all young children ready to read and succeed. Packed in a sturdy box with a handle for easy carrying, this kit contains: one Teacher Guide with complete guidance on implementing the programme; one set of 26 full-colour, animal-themed storybooks; one USB with the audio tracks that accompany each storybook (252 minutes of instruction); and one set of 18 shrink-wrapped picture cards for assessing children's acquisition of words. Ideal for SLPs and reading specialists, this convenient kit contains everything you need to implement the Story Friends (TM) early language and literacy intervention with one child. if you're using Story Friends (TM) for small-group intervention, you'll need extra sets of storybooks to conduct the programme with multiple children at once. Here's a link to a webinar introducing Story Friends (TM): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2lyUAbsY5Y
It is well known that New Orleans has its dark underside as well
as its glowing visible delights. The journey that Julia Garrett, an
intelligent, attractive, but psychically driven girl, makes through
the city's hidden labyrinth shapes the movement of this riveting
novel. In crisscrossing the city from the secure world of home in
the Garden District to the titillating world of the Vieux Carre,
Julia risks physical and psychological peril. As she explores life
on the other side, she becomes engulfed in the vortex of
In "The Snare," one of America's most highly acclaimed fiction writers explores the mystery of place and the mystifying duality of the human wish, with its desire for both dark and light. The book masterfully evokes the ineffable sense of excitement aroused by the sinister, exotic beauty of New Orleans and the men and women who inhabit its fecund streets."
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