A Family's Affairs

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LSU Press, 1997 - Fiction - 442 pages
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This rich, leisurely tale chronicles the lives of three generations in the family of Kate Anderson, a young, genteel southern widow residing in the small Mississippi town of Homochitto. An intimate examination of the significance of family, this novel, Douglas' first, is a statement of how people survive crises not only through their own courage but also through the support of those who cannot turn away from them. The layers of birth, childhood, courtship, marriage, illness, and death - seen through the gradually maturing eyes of Anna, Kate's granddaughter - reveal the tapestry of shared experiences, joys, and sorrows that bond a family and build its history.
 

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Ralph McGovern 45
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Summer Days 79
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A Weekend in New Orleans 231
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Death and Homecoming 343
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Ellen Douglas was the pen name of Josephine Ayres Haxton, who was born in Natchez, Mississippi on July 12, 1921. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1942. During her lifetime, she wrote eleven books, including six novels and several collections of short stories and essays. Her novels include Apostles of Light, The Rock Cried Out, A Family's Affairs, A Lifetime Burning, and Can't Quit You, Baby. She won a lifetime achievement award in 2008 from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. She died after an extended illness on November 7, 2012 at the age of 91.

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