Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin

Front Cover
Scribner, 1996 - African American women - 285 pages
0 Reviews
Steeped in the lively cadences of black speech and the art of storytelling, Leaving Pipe Shop is one woman's reclamation of her family's history and ultimately her own. Clear-eyed, yet with feeling and delicacy, Deborah E. McDowell offers this moving and textured meditation on the ties of kin and the claims of memory. More than a simple coming-of-age story, Leaving Pipe Shop is an evocation of growing up black in the South on the eve of the tumultuous sixties, a portrait of a culture in transition, of a Southern world in the throes of political and economic change. Here is the debut of a rich and powerful voice in American memoir.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LEAVING PIPE SHOP: Memories of Kin

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The background is rich but the core is hollow in this memoir depicting a young African-American woman's coming of age in the precivil rights South. McDowell (English and African-American Studies/Univ ... Read full review


The Magic Mineral

14 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1996)

Deborah E. McDowell (Ph.D. Purdue), Co-Editor, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism. Alice Griffin Professor of English, University of Virginia. Founding editor of the Beacon Black Women Writers series; co-editor with Arnold Rampersad of Slavery of the Literary Imagination; author of "The Changing Same: Studies in Fiction by Black Women; Leaving the Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin; editor of Nella Larsen's Quicksand and Passing, Jessie Redmon Fauset's Plum Bun, Pauline Hopkins s Of One Blood, and numerous articles and essays.

Bibliographic information