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The Resource On the occasion of my last afternoon, Kaye Gibbons

On the occasion of my last afternoon, Kaye Gibbons

Label
On the occasion of my last afternoon
Title
On the occasion of my last afternoon
Statement of responsibility
Kaye Gibbons
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this superb new novel from the acclaimed, bestselling author of Ellen Foster, Sights Unseen, and Charms for the Easy Life, an extraordinary woman recalls a nation's bloodiest epoch and a magnificent life forged in its fires. Born to privilege, bookish & sensitive Emma Garnet Tate is keenly aware that her family's prosperity is built on slavery, & she sets herself against her domineering, self-made father at an early age. Told in the charmingly eccentric voice that evokes a bygone era, Emma's tale reflects on a life rich with triumph & tragedy against the backdrop of the nineteenth-century American South. This novel, set before & during the Civil War, tells of the childhood of a Southern belle, her marriage to a Northern doctor, & her transformation from a self-absorbed child to a loving, mature wife & mother. Sprawling in its scope but heartbreakingly exact in its depiction of a family torn apart, On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon is a magnificent novel in the great Southern tradition. In the year 1900--on the afternoon she suspects might be the last of her long, eventful life--Emma Garnet Tate Lowell sets down on paper what came before, determined to make an honest account of it. Born to privilege on a James River plantation, she grew up determined to escape the domination of her bullying, self-made father, Samuel P. Tate, and ultimately seceded from his control to marry Quincy Lowell, a surgeon and member of the distinguished Boston family. But then came the Civil War. Working alongside Quincy, assisting him in the treatment of wounded soldiers, she witnessed scenes that would be engraved forever in her memory. And, before beginning the long journey of her own reconstruction, she must face the shame of her relationship to her "servants" and learn the terrible secret that shaped her father's life
Summary
Emma Garnet, pampered nineteenth-century Southern plantation owner's daughter, comes to learn the evils of slavery, live the horror of war, and experience a lifetime of conflicting feelings about the culture of the Old South
Tone
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 1998
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
029522
Cataloging source
CPL
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.I13917
LC item number
O58 1999x
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
On the occasion of my last afternoon, Kaye Gibbons
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
81246
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
273 p.
Isbn
9780399142994
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98012947
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm38494808
  • (OCoLC)38494808
Label
On the occasion of my last afternoon, Kaye Gibbons
Publication
Control code
81246
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
273 p.
Isbn
9780399142994
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98012947
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm38494808
  • (OCoLC)38494808

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