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Novello: Ten Years of Great American Writing: An Anthology Paperback – October 22, 2000

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Adult/High School-This volume draws together pieces of nonfiction and fiction authored by various local writers who have participated in an annual literary festival hosted by The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County, NC. Joseph Bruchac, Lee Smith, Reynolds Price, Frank McCourt, and Tom Wolfe are among the luminaries included here, represented not necessarily by the works they shared at the festival but certainly by representative tastes of their literary charms. While racial consciousness is not an issue invited for discussion per se by festival organizers or the editors of this volume, it stands in evidence throughout the collection. Some explorations of it, as in the memoir by Sandra Govan, are explicit. Others, as in the piece by Charles Kuralt, are implicitly apparent. Many of the pieces are drawn from larger works but they are well extracted, leaving readers satisfied and interested in pursuing more by the authors. Many of the stories feature young characters; all are accessible. The regional flavor of the collection makes it informative rather than exclusionary. And the idea of publishing such an anthology should inspire other public libraries who surely have local talent of their own.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Down Home Press; First Edition edition (October 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878086871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878086877
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I'd give this book 5 stars if for no other reason than sheer variety - there's definitely something in this anthology for everyone. Something unforgettable, at that.

Novello: Ten Years of Great American Writing is divided into two main sections - The Essays and The Stories. Most of the pieces revel in the intricacies of southern writing, in line with the North Carolina roots of the publisher, Novello Festival Press.

The Essays kicks off with an excellent piece appearing in print for only the second time. Pat Conroy's "The Death of Santini" is a raw, honest, emotion-and-brutality-wrought story of the author's final reconciliation with the father he "wounded ... by deploying the great clairvoyance and fire-power of the English language against him." Watching and listening as Conroy struggles with his mixed feelings for "The Great Santini" is worth the price of this book.

But luckily, there is more. Sandra Y. Govan gives us a marvelous story from her Chicago childhood, when books were items to be desired, craved and even (gasp!) stolen. Govan's essay is followed by pieces from Charles Kuralt, Frank McCort, Tim McLaurin and Walter Cronkite, among others.

The editors have also included two moving pieces about the relationship between man and dog, from Hal Crowther and Joseph Bruchac, and an of-the-moment excerpt from Gail Sheehy's latest, Hillary's Choice - a richly informative portrayal of our nation's first lady and New York's senator-elect as she and her husband come under fire.

Part Two: The Stories begins with Jill McCorkle's "Crash Diet," the story of a woman's reaction when her marriage falls apart on her fifth wedding anniversary.
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Under the collaborative editorship of Amy Rogers, Robert Inman, and Frye Gaillard, Novello: Ten Years Of Great American Writing is a superbly presented anthology showcasing the literary talents of twenty-five outstanding American authors drawn from the Novello Festival of Reading, a premier annual literary event. From Jerry Bledsoe, Walter Cronkite, and Charles Kuralt, to Frank McCourt, Gail Sheehy, and Tom Wolfe, Novello is a very highly recommended cornucopia of contemporary literary talent from first page to last.
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