The Blue Box

The Blue Box

Three Lives in Letters

Book - 2014
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"This family history centered around three women from three generations spans the Civil War through the Jazz Age. Fans of Sallie Bingham's work will especially appreciate her parents Mary and Barry's romance that unfolds in letters and finally results in marriage. Bingham beautifully demonstrates an inheritance of emotion, morality, ideology, and most lasting of all, irreverence. Sallie Bingham has published four short story collections, four novels, a memoir, and several plays. Bingham was a director of the National Book Critics Circle, and founded the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Sallie Bingham Archive for Women's Papers and Culture at Duke University"-- Provided by publisher.
"Imagine a forgotten blue box containing a snarl of letters, memoir, college bluebooks, yellowed manuscripts, and deeply creased articles--the earthly remains of three ancestors. From just such a discovery, Sallie Bingham has woven a family history centered on her great-grandmother Sallie LeFroy, grandmother Helena Caperton, and mother Mary Bingham. The narrative spans more than a century, from the Civil War through the Jazz Age; each determined woman had a penchant for the written word. In a memoir, Sallie LeFroy puts forward a squeaky clean history for her descendants; Helena scrapes together a living writing popular stories; and we watch Mary and Barry Bingham's romance unfold in letters--an agonizing, charming conversation that spans years until it finally results in their marriage. Fans of Sallie Bingham's Passion and Prejudice will appreciate anew Bingham's eye for colorful detail and dramatic family dynamics. She beautifully demonstrates an inheritance of emotion, morality, ideology, and most lasting of all, irreverence." -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: Louisville, Kentucky : Sarabande Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781936747788
Branch Call Number: 818.5403 BINGHAM
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 21 cm


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