Diane Freund Four Corners (Harvest Book)

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Four Corners (Harvest Book)

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"I was ten the summer we drove my mother crazy." And so starts this captivating debut novel, narrated by ten-year-old Rainey Dougherty. It's August 1953 in Four Corners, New York, when Rainey's mother is hospitalized for mental instability--or, as Rainey's father puts it, when the doctors say she needs a good long rest. Rainey and her four siblings find themselves at the mercy of Merle, their caustically funny and bitter aunt who comes up to the country from the Bronx--with her troubled fourteen-year-old daughter, Joan--to take care of that "goddamn bunch of nuts" she knows these children are.
This starts a summer of enlightenment for Rainey when she learns about the realities of life through the eyes of innocence. And, though it seems strange at first, Merle's voice is the one clear note in Rainey's head as she begins a season without her mother, a season that brings both the young girls to the brink of disaster, again and again. For Rainey, it is a season that is often harrowing, sometimes hilarious, but always hopeful.

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Diane Freund found herself with four children at the age of twenty-three--with a fifth to come later--and worked as a waitress for eighteen years to support her brood. She returned to school for an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Arizona South. This is her first novel.

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It was August 10, 1953, David’s twelfth birthday, but we didn’t celebrate it. We would, my father said, when my mother came home. That would be when David was ny thirteen, but we didn’t know this then. We only knew what our father told us that night as we sat shivering in the summer heat around the kitchen table: our mother needed a good long rest. I pictured this as another one of the extended naps she had begun taking since we’d started summer vacation. For the time being we all had to pitch in and help. David, because he was the oldest, would be in charge. David got up then and went to the refrigerator and brought out a bottle of milk. “I’ll make some cocoa,” he said and reached into the pantry for the can of Hershey’s. Just where the top of his head brushed against the woodwork my mother’s thumbprint was imbedded in the paint. My father liked to tease her about it. He said that’s where she kept us all, under that thumb. We were under her heart, she corrected. Under her skin was more like it, Merle said.

Merle was our aunt. She came up several days later with her daughter Joan, to take care of the goddamn bunch of nuts she knew we were. Merle told us this, Em and me, two mornings later as she stood brushing our hair and drinking a beer, for courage, she said, in the face of the rat’s nest before her.

She’d left Uncle and Wayne, Joan’s older brother, behind in the Bronx, she said, to come to this frigging sorry excuse for a Shangri-La because we had finally succeeded in driving her sister crazy. And it would behoove us to learn and she would beat the bejeesus out of us if we didn’t, to take care of our own damn selves and leave our mother the hell alone. She said this with one eye squinted shut, holding a cigarette between her fingers as if it was a dart she was planning to throw at us.

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