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Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi Paperback – February 21, 2012
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"Dean Faulkner Wells has written a memorable family story, full of the intimacies of place and cherished connections, that not incidentally sheds unexpected, humanizing light on her august uncle, William Faulkner."--Thomas McGuane
"A funny, extremely readable, incredibly likable memoir of what it was like to grow up with the great man….A wonderful book."--Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama
"Read Every Day by the Sun, then read Go Down Moses, The Hamlet, The Town, The Mansion, and you will feel you have been on an archaeological dig with a master. Dean Faulkner Wells knows where the gold is buried, where the heart strings sang, where the understanding and love were engendered….Burn the deconstructionists’ texts. Every day By The Sun is all you need."—Ellen Gilchrist
"I can't recall the last time I enjoyed a book as much as Every Day By The Sun. Dean Faulkner Wells has performed a miracle: She’s brought a great man back to life, and in doing so she’s summoned a time and a place that now seem too far gone. I love her clean, sharp, unpretentious prose, the well-hewn stories piled one on top of the other, the intimate revelations about a family that belongs to all of us but belonged to her first. William Faulkner is a fascinating character indeed, but it is Wells herself whom I found most captivating. She’s somebody to fall in love with and never get over."--John Ed Bradley, author, Tupelo Nights
"A fresh, affectionate view of 'Pappy,' the great and difficult writer."--Roy Blount, Jr.
"Part biography, part memoir, Wells' work does much to humanize the man who is often remembered only for his words. A must-read for Faulkner-philes."--Kirkus
"Marvelously evocative, intimate, and deeply moving."
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Dean (named for her father) was not yet born when Dean Swift Faulkner, a barnstorming pilot, was killed in a flaming crash in an airplane given to him by his older brother, Bill. She would never know her father, and fate decreed that she would be raised by her mother Louise (Wese) and Uncle Bill, whom she called Pappy. Indeed, she was shepherded through life by the entire Faulkner clan and claims "there has never been a Poor Little Fatherless Child as spoiled as I." But her recollections of her lost father have the poignancy of Pappy's own voice, the child idealizing a beautiful man she could know only through the memories of others, a man who never needed a watch because he "lived every day of his life by the sun."
The author of other books about the Faulkner family, Dean runs Yoknapatawpha Press, dedicated to the work of southern writers. Her personal recollections stand as a testament to a way of life no longer possible and barely imaginable --- slow-paced, privileged and remarkably calm considering the dynamic characters who comprised her Oxford, Mississippi family.
It is also a portrait of the town, the site of Rowan Oak, the homestead Pappy established, and where Dean and the older generation and grandchildren communed in the warmth of heritage and tradition.Read more ›
I knew nothing about this book until I heard Diane Rehm interview Dean (this is a woman) Faulkner Wells, the niece of Nobel-in-Literature-winner William Faulkner whose classic "A Rose for Emily" has been one of my favorites to "teach" both in high school and in college writing classes. For a while I thought I wasn't going to be able to make it through that interview because Ms. Wells seemed too nervous and apparently very, very old. But as anyone knows who listens to Diane Rehm on NPR, she understood that Faulkner's niece needed some encouragement, needed to acknowledge she was nervous. So Diane suggested that she read something from the book. (We would later learn that it was Ms. Wells' 75th birthday. And then I laughed so hard when I read the book and discovered that she had lied, that it was not her birthday which had occurred days before. Yes, I said to myself, Dean Faulkner Wells is a true Faulkner!)
Well, that was all it took--her reading. And suddenly the listener could not do anything other than to listen to that voice and her wonderful written language. Let me share what she read so you can enjoy the humor: "Over the generations my family can claim nearly every psychological aberration: narcissim and nymphomania, alcoholism and anorexia, agoraphobia, manic depression, paranoid schizophrenia. There have been thieves, adulterers, sociopaths, killers, racists, liars, and folks suffering from panic attacks and real bad tempers, though to the best of my knowledge we've never had a barn burner or a preacher."
Is that not priceless?Read more ›
Such a beautiful remembrance of an imperfect family ,which we all have .But this one was more famous than most.
The Faulkners had an interesting cast of characters , including murderers ,thieves, adulterers , racists ,sociopaths and real bad tempers ( author's words) ,but they also knew when to come together to support each other in time of need .
Dean Faulkner Well's uncle was William Faulkner . Her father was William's youngest brother, who was killed in his 20's in an airplane crash ,in which he was the pilot . Dean states that William never in his lifetime stopped grieving for his lost brother ,and somehow, feeling responsible. All the Faulkner boys loved airplanes , but William had given the airplane to Dean and encouraged his love of flying .
Dean never had the opportunity to meet her father ,as she was born a few months after his death ,but William promised on the day she was born that he would always take care of her ,and he honored that promise, although, at times, he had many others who depended on him, in extended family and close friends. William also had his own demons to deal with ,which were depression and alcoholism .
If you want to meet an interesting ,and good old Southern family, read this book . It was an honor to read it .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The high rating was chosen because I personally loved the book and was thrilled to know more about Faulkner's personal life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dianne Kemerly McMahan
I found this book extremely interesting. I realized after I finished it that it was possibly written not by the person who knew the author the best, but by the one who loved him... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gina Arnone
this was an OK book . A little vague in it's presentation of such a creative genius.He moves in and out of the storyline.Published 7 months ago by dixie
Heart warming. Filled in many gaps concerning Faulkner's family.Published 9 months ago by Grey Hall
Very informative introduction to W. Faulkner's history and family background. Well written and entertaining. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jean Marc Papon
Something of a hagiography but interesting for the interstices in Faulkner's life it fills from Dean's own experience.Published 13 months ago by Old China Books
I liked the direct prose style and honesty of this author. She managed to give an intimate account of the members of her family without being indiscreet. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Karen J.
This book about the Faulkners was more enjoyable that most of the books by her uncle. Interesting stories about her uncle---and her family. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maninthemoon *50