- Paperback: 74 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480166545
- ISBN-13: 978-1480166547
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,649,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Visions of a Wayne Childhood Paperback – October 26, 2012
About the Author
DeWitt Henry is the author of a novel, THE MARRIAGE OF ANNA MAYE POTTS (winner of the inaugural Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel), and a mid-life memoir-in-essays, SAFE SUICIDE: NARRATIVES, ESSAYS, AND MEDITATIONS. Both are sequels to SWEET DREAMS: A FAMILY HISTORY. The founding editor of PLOUGHSHARES, Henry is a Professor at Emerson College and lives with his family in Watertown, Massachusetts. For details see www.dewitthenry.com .
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In his introduction to "Sorrow's Company: Writers on Loss and Grief," Henry writes:
"We are not supported by our backgrounds. Our families are nuclear, at best; statistics tell us that most are broken by divorce or separation. Few of us stay, as adults, in the communities in which we have grown up. Throughout our lives we are on the move, displaced or replaced for education and for jobs, but also, in some deep pattern of deracination, seeking to escape our pasts and assert our independence, and only rarely seeking to create new worlds greater than the self."
This little book is a rebuttal of that earlier statement. In "Visions of a Wayne Childhood," Henry shows how we are supported by our backgrounds, and that our larger families include best friends, elderly neighbors, good doctors, motherly housekeepers. These sketches constitute a conscious return to the past, even an exploration which asks the questions: How did I get to be me? How did we get to be us? The world created here is emphatically greater than the self--it affirms the existence of a community which can be retraced and reconstituted for the reader: vivid, homey, curious and familiar. The scenes feel as essential to the collective psyche as Rockwell's paintings for the Saturday Evening Post, and will prompt the reader to begin digging through her old photos and memorabilia, in search of lost time.
Bruce Bennett, Professor and Chair of English, Director of Creative Writing, Wells College, Aurora, NY