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When We Were the Kennedys : A Memoir from Mexico, Maine (Reprint) (Paperback) (Monica Wood)

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Winner of the 2012 Sarton Memoir Award“Every few years, a memoir comes along that revitalizes the form…With generous, precise, and unsentimental prose, Monica Wood brilliantly achieves this . . .When We Were the Kennedys is a deeply moving gem!”—Andre Dubus III, author ofHouse of Sand and Fog and TownieMexico, Maine, 1963: The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on the fathers’ wages from the Oxford Paper Company. But when Dad suddenly dies on his way to work, Mum and the four deeply connected Wood girls are set adrift. When We Were the Kennedys is the story of how a family, a town, and then a nation mourns and finds the strength to move on.“On her own terms, wry and empathetic, Wood locates the melodies in the aftershock of sudden loss.”—Boston Globe“[A] marvel of storytelling, layered and rich. It is, by turns, a chronicle of the renowned paper mill that was both pride and poison to several generations of a town; a tribute to the ethnic stew of immigrant families that grew and prospered there; and an account of one family’s grief, love, and resilience.”—Maine Sunday Telegram
1963, Mexico, Maine. The Wood family is much like its close, Catholic, immigrant neighbors, all dependent on a father's wages from the Oxford Paper Company. Until the sudden death of Dad, when Mum and the four closely connected Wood girls are set adrift. Funny and to-the-bone moving, When We Were the Kennedys is the story of how this family saves itself, at first by depending on Father Bob, Mum's youngest brother, a charismatic Catholic priest who feels his new responsibilities deeply. And then, as the nation is shocked by the loss of its handsome Catholic president, the televised grace of Jackie Kennedy?she too a Catholic widow with young children?galvanizes Mum to set off on an unprecedented family road trip to Washington, D.C., to do some rescuing of her own. An indelible story of how family and nation, each shocked by the unimaginable, exchange one identity for another.
?Monica Wood has written a gorgeous, gripping memoir. I don't know that I've ever pulled so hard for a family.??Michael Paterniti, author of Driving Mr. Albert
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 234
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History
Sub-Genre: Literary, Personal Memoirs, Christianity / Catholicism
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author: Monica Wood
Language: English
Street Date: June 11, 2013
TCIN: 14553295
UPC: 9780544002326
Item Number (DPCI): 248-82-6850
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