If Nights Could Talk: A Family Memoir

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages

If Nights Could Talk is a rich gothic story of a Southern family, a tale of wealth and emotional need that spans generations. Marsha Recknagel's memoir begins with the surprise appearance of her 16-year-old nephew, Jamie, who arrives on her doorstep and into her ordered, childless life. Fleeing a chaotic home run by Marsha's unstable younger brother and his wife, Jamie is an ominous creature-and the center of an ongoing family tug-of-war. For Marsha, to open the door is to risk opening herself up to the pain of the past. Reluctantly she takes him in. Thus begins the painful, terrifying, and extraordinary process of unraveling the damage inflicted by her family on one of its own.

 

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IF NIGHTS COULD TALK: A Family Memoir

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An intriguing tale about the union of an unlikely mother and son.Recknagel, the daughter of a late Louisiana oil tycoon, grew up to enjoy the comfortable, unfettered life of a trust-fund baby who had ... Read full review

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A creative writing teacher at Rice University and a former editor of Gulf Coast literary journal, Recknagel begins her memoir with the arrival on her doorstep of her 16-year-old nephew. He is the ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Arrival
1
2 The First Day
9
3 Louisiana The Dream State
16
4 Magical Realism
32
5 Our House Is Haunted
44
6 Family Circle
65
7 A Decade of Disasters
98
8 If Nights Could Talk Stars Would Sing
115
10 The State Were In
142
11 Emancipation Day
148
12 For Those Who Wait
167
13Food Not Bombs
199
14 The Fog
207
15 W eddings and Funerals
213
16The Fog Lifts
224
17 Nearing the End
241

9 Disorders of the Sleep State
134

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About the author (2010)

Marsha Recknagel has an M.F.A. from Bennington College. She teaches creative writing at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

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