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Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Kim Cooper Findling
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Kim Cooper Findling’s Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir unfolds the story of an Oregon girl coming of age in the 1970s and 80s, navigating her way through pick-up trucks, dive bars, higher education and backwoods trails before finding a place she belongs. Beginning with her childhood in Coos County, Findling relates a rural upbringing spent walking beaches and hiking in the woods with her forester father, attending summer camp just over the hill from the Oregon Country Fair, road-tripping to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with schoolmates, and learning about the fickleness of love in campgrounds, beer joints and on the University of Oregon campus. Yet, following a move to Oregon’s biggest city after college, Findling lost her way and her connection to Oregon’s landscape, becoming caught up in the drugs and booze that flowed so freely in Portland’s restaurant scene. But it was Oregon that helped Findling find herself again later, this time on the east side of the mountains, where she found clarity in High Desert trails and a wide-open sky, as well as life’s most grounding phenomenon—love.

In 23 essays set over 20 years, Findling traces her own coming-of-age story against the beauty and complexity of the Oregon landscape.

Nestucca Spit Press Publisher Matt Love writes, “In Chance of Sun, Kim Cooper Findling presents a fresh and distinct literary voice. I might even call it sexy. At long last we have a memoir by someone that captures the fantastically loose and earthy spirit of growing up in Oregon during the 1970s and 80s.” Debra Gwartney, author of Live Through This, says, "Fresh, alive, exciting and bold writing. A compelling piece of writing, heartbreaking and redemptive,” of “The Friday’s Trilogy,” a chapter from Chance of Sun which won the 2011 Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest.

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  • File Size: 237 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HOB1NW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, real, and funny August 31, 2013
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How any adult can remember the kinds of details that makes this memoir of childhood come alive--well, it's beyond me. Written beautifully with details that brought me back to my high school years without any apology for the stupid decisions we make...And...for anyone who lives in, or has visited Oregon, it captures what it's like to be Oregonian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Chance of Sun" by Kim Cooper Findling August 5, 2013
"Chance of Sun" by Kim Cooper Findling is a strikingly honest, beautifully written memoir of one woman's journey to find herself as she grows up and grows through the pain, joy, fear and awakening that makes up her life within both the vastness and confines of various Oregon cultural landscapes. "Chance of Sun" was a joy to read, even when it hurt. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has struggled through pain and doubt to find their place in the world. Nicely done!
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