From Our House (Paperback)
Bison Books, 9780803222908, 192pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2009
"How easily our bodies become us, our souls bound to the material, to the joy or grief or pain we feel through our skin," Martin muses. Ultimately it is his mother's quiet compassion that accounts for the grace that Lee and his father finally discover both within themselves and within their small family. Learning to live by the seasons and to fall asleep to the rumble of his father's tractor, braving snowstorms to sell hogs or to visit an ailing grandmother, playing basketball, listening to baseball games, and stealing records, Lee endures the anger and shame that haunt his family--yet grows up to tell his tale with rare beauty and remarkable forbearance.
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Praise For From Our House: A Memoir…
“Martin has written a memoir to read slowly and savor. . . . Over the course of the memoir, Martin shows how he and his father learn to overcome their shame and control their rage. The honest and straightforward description of their relationship and their obvious affection for each other completely involve the reader. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
“Martin’s memoir evokes the secrecy of family violence and the isolation of growing up in a rural community. . . . This is a touching and honest portrayal of family life, violence, disappointment, and coming of age.”—Booklist
“A lyrical, finely wrought memoir of grief, pain, and joy.”—Chicago Tribune
“Wise and healing.”—Publishers Weekly