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Keeper of the Moon Hardcover – November, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1 edition (November 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393029964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393029963
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,833,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

His childhood home in North Carolina was a "physical heaven,' ' recalls novelist McLaurin ( The Acorn Plan ), despite the hardscrabble lot of his rural family. Capturing the grittiness of Southern poverty as well as the abundance of joy in its midst, he composes a wistful paean to a southland that has nearly vanished. One of five children raised by a resourceful mother and alcoholic father, he became a handler of poisonous snakes and a youthful stargazer (hence the title) while developing a thirst for a larger world. Also featured are earthy Southern family members and friends, their eccentric behaviors and knack for knockabout fun. McLaurin, who overcame bone cancer with a marrow transplant from a sibling, pays tribute to his heritage in this lively, memorable memoir.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Readers of this tedious coming-of-age memoir hoping for insight on the "real South" will only find here the pretentious manly cliches that Esquire magazine loves so much. The men who populate novelist McLaurin's ( Woodrow's Trumpet , LJ 8/89) North Carolina childhood are hard drinkin', hard livin', colorful characters, while the women are either strong, tough matriarchs (McLaurin's mother) or seductive bimbos (his first wife). (McLaurin's patronizing attitude toward women is particularly annoying; he describes his future second wife as "a fine woman who . . . would birth my two children.") A shame really, because hidden under the overwritten portentous prose is the nugget of a powerful book; McLaurin's account of his struggles against a rare form of bone cancer and his younger brother's gift of bone marrow is the only part where his book comes alive. Not recommended. Librarians should stick to Harry Crews's classic A Childhood ( LJ 9/15/78).
- Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Reading Tim McLaurin is like talking with a friend. In Keeper of the Moon, he recalls his painful childhood - a childhood of poverty that he didn't even recognize as poverty until he left it. The stories in this collection are so real you can feel the cold, shed the tears, and know the lonliness of the author. His memories are all to familiar to those of us who grew up during the same era and with the same in-bred prejudices and misconceptions. We all saw or knew or were related to the same characters he describes so vividly. Some of us were lucky enough not to have to work a farm, birthing swine or watching our dads drink themselves into oblivion, but we saw it all around us and felt its impact. It all comes home with a vengence while reading his boyhood stories. If you never lived it, you will through his eyes and his words. Read it more than once; you will learn something new each and every time you do. Savor it for the truths revealed; cherish it for the lessons learned and for the sheer joy of reading a masterful artist's work.
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Format: Hardcover
Tim had a heart of gold and the craft and vision that produces lasting work.
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