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"Brushstrokes: A Work in Progress" is a memoir, a celebration of childhood gone right and the foundation it creates. The first half of the book traces the author's family history from her parents' childhood years in Depression era Brooklyn, New York to her own childhood in the mid 1950s and 1960s. The book then returns to the 1990s where the middle-aged author finds positive solutions for dealing with life in present-day New York by drawing on her past experiences. She realizes that each person's life is "a work in progress" whose finished product is unknown even to the artist. This conclusion leads her to some unusual and even humorous solutions as she attempts to create her own reality and get the most from this lifetime.
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Siobhan Barry-Bratcher is a native of Brooklyn, currently living in Hudson County, New Jersey. Her short story, "The Mayor of Pigtown" received 1st prize in the Best of the Brooklyn Diary contest in 2002. Her articles have appeared in Brooklyn newspapers such as the Greenpoint Gazette and Waterfront Week. "The Icy Road to Dublin," her article about figure skating in Ireland appeared in the Summer 1998 issue of "Recreational Ice Skating Magazine." Her next book, a collection of short stories entitled "Five For Kings," will be released in the Spring of 2003.Review:
"Brushstrokes" is an absorbing, opulent life told with crisp wit and steely realism. -- Jay Bail, Book Reader, Winter 2002
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Book Description Fair Mile Books, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M097051350X