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Night Bloom [Kindle Edition]

Virginia Redfield
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Night Bloom is a memoir that presents the coming-of-age story of Virginia Redfield, 88 years old. She gives an unforgettable account of her own struggles against the fundamentalist faith of her mother, and her own victory through "the words of great writers who helped me free myself from bondage." She explains, "I wrote this memoir for my self. I needed to see clearly where I had come from, where I stand now. I trust and hope that some readers may recognize certain twists in the path of my life and respond: "Oh, I know how that feels!"

Product Details

  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Virginia Redfield; First edition edition (April 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RSBVLK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,666 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Religious Journey April 28, 2012
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Virginia Redfield's book, "Night Bloom" is a timely reminder that each of us must come of age (and come to terms) with age-old religious questions. For those who can no longer accept the simplistic "truth" of a fundamentalist upbringing, Virgina's story will inform and inspire. She is living proof that we can formulate a life of relevance and transcendence and emerge an authentic, intelligent and purposeful person... and a superb writer! Her book is a "must-read" for anyone who feels trapped by narrow and confining religious thought and practice. Virginia's story proves that there is life after evangelical fundamentalism!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witnessing a Complex Life April 30, 2012
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Since I was a child, I've been thrilled by being allowed into a life, and Night Bloom allows me into a compelling, complex, difficult and admirable life in dramatic and convincing detail. The memoir reveals not only a girl growing into womanhood and her family but a place and a time I understand more completely now. I was left wishing the story could continue because Virginia permits the reader to be deeply invested in her experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the tests of childhood, transcendence April 20, 2012
We were molded by the tests of our childhood, the challenges we faced with the support of, or under the stern direction of, our parent or parents. Virginia's perspective on the restrictions imposed by a Christian fundamentalist mother is heart wrenching in her youth, redeeming in its resolution. Great books provide a confirmation of our intuitive sense of right and wrong. This is a great book. Emancipation, for the author, comes on the far side of despair and in her story of liberation are unforgettable lessons for us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Story That Needed Telling April 16, 2012
In Virginia Redfield's memoir "Night Bloom" the past is beautifully explored with all the dark forces that can come from any over-zealous parent who believes he or she is simply doing the right thing. Redfield takes us on her touching journey with grace and style and leaves us knowing that despite our past, we still have the strength and the ability to control our own future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Beautiful Book! April 15, 2012
Night Bloom is an escape story of the highest order, a fearless rendering of how Virginia Redfield not only survived the crucible of her childhood, but emerged from it a young woman of great intellect and profound insight. In this unflinching look at her early life, Redfield has somehow turned her mother's oppressive Christian fundamentalism on its head and given us a true miracle of a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Memoir April 11, 2012
First of all, this memoir is lively storytelling that takes us into the heart of a girl struggling, and succeeding, in becoming her own person. Secondly, her story is told with vivid details and quiet ferocity. And thirdly, that she does this without making her mother--her intimate enemy--into a monster, testifies to Virginia's wisdom and compassion. She says she wrote her memoir in order to understand herself better. Reading it, I found I understood my own womanhood better, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Virginia Redfield's childhood would be unbelievable in the hands of a less skilled writer. What mother wakes her daughter up in the middle of the night holding a knife over her, screaming she'd rather kill her than have her turn out like her aunt? What mother still sends her teen-aged daughter to school in homemade high-necked long-sleeved mid-calf-length dresses? What mother never permits her daughter to participate in activities after school or see friends ("They might not be saved")? Why does every horrifying, exciting, comical, bizarre event in this memoir seem utterly convincing?

I think it's because the author neither analyzes nor passes judgment on the "force of nature" who tried with never-flagging ferocity to mold her only child into a proper Nazarene Christian. Redfield's limpid prose, always a pleasure to read, never gets in the way of the story. We see for ourselves: Mama is doing her earnest, loving best to kill her daughter's wayward soul, and the struggle is riveting. "Baby," as Mama always called her, weakens at times, answers the altar call more than once, yet something in her won't yield to the cruel God the revival preachers invoke to frighten sinners forward. Something in her won't believe God can really be like that. And Mama can't keep her from reading great books, her reaction to which sets in motion an awakening (revival?) of mind and soul that begins even before she leaves home.

NIGHT BLOOM is a horror story, a mystery (what good southern memoir doesn't expose fascinating secrets?), a survival story, a coming-of-age story, ultimately a flowering-of-the-spirit story. Virginia Redfield takes us with her every step of the way, and the journey is thrilling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood Spent Wrestling to Become Herself
A wonderfully written book about a childhood spent in very difficult conditions. The mother, an avid evangelist, and a young girl's attempt - and success - to escape this and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by E. Holden
4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ IF YOU ARE ASHEVILLIAN
This memoir is not incredibly polished or slick, just a simple story of a woman's complicated and desperate escape from an overzealous mother. Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by Molly Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad Virginia Redfield Shared Her Story
Virginia Redfield brings her story to us in the rich and honest voice. This is a story of a girl growing up in the shackles of a religious fundamentalist mother, and a father who... Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by Toma L. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming-of-age wisdom and wit
I appreciated Virginia Redfield's honesty and admired her deft, sensitive handling of her own coming-of-age story. Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by Litwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Bloom
In Night Bloom, Virginia Redfield unfolds the story of her journey from childhood through college, of an early life infused with finding herself in the context of the weight of... Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by DF
4.0 out of 5 stars compassionate coming-of-age memoir
Redfield's relentless but ultimately compassionate rendering of her religious zealot mother and absent father is powerful writing. Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by kimberly childs
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration
Night Bloom is a delightful memoir, surprisingly so, given it's heavy subject of childhood oppression. Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by M. Amani
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