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Titre : A Family Place
Éditeur : Viking
Date d'édition : 2001
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Near Fine
Etat de la jaquette : Near Fine
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Edition : 1st Printing
Type de livre : Book
First printing hardcover book signed by author and in near fine condition. Dust jacket is clean and neat, colors are bright and vivid. Internally tight and clean. N° de réf. du libraire WS04584
Synopsis : A Family Place is an evocative, first-person account of Leila Philip's search to uncover and then to come to terms with her family's rich and complicated past. This is a past populated by manor lords and tenant farmers, romantic-era gentlemen farmers and Civil War heroes, wealthy ne'er-do- wells, renegade aunts, and secret children, all of them inextricably linked to a white-columned mansion named Talavera, located two hours from New York City in the Hudson Valley.
Today, Talavera is managed as a commercial fruit farm called Philip Orchards. Since inheriting the estate after their father's death in 1992, Leila Philip and her four siblings have struggled to find the means to keep the house intact and the land from being consumed by development. This uphill battle has forced Philip to ask: What compels a family to risk everything—financial well-being, its place in the modern world, even each other —to hold on to a piece of land?
In her quest for answers, Philip began researching her family's unbreakable bond with this remarkable place. From 1730, the first year of the family tenure on the land, to the present, A Family Place chronicles a fascinating history that is full of surprises. Like Tobias Wolff's This Boy's Life and Kathleen Norris's Dakota, A Family Place is both deeply personal and broadly resonant as her search becomes entangled in the tensions between memory and recorded fact.
A propos de l'auteur: Leila Philip is the author of The Road Through Miyama, a memoir of her apprenticeship to a master potter in Japan, for which she won the 1990 PEN/Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction. She is a professor of English at Colgate University.
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