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Far From Home: Life and Loss in Two American Towns

Powers, Ron

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ISBN 10: 0394570340 / ISBN 13: 9780394570341
Published by Random House, New York, 1991
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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317 pages. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR ON HALF TITLE-PAGE, SIGNED BY AUTHOR ON TITLE-PAGE. Minor foxing to top edge, slight wear to dust jacket, else a very neat, tight copy. Record # 606649. Bookseller Inventory # 606649

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Title: Far From Home: Life and Loss in Two American...

Publisher: Random House, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An extraordinary dissection by Powers (White Town Drowsing, 1986, etc.) of the plight and attempted resurrection of two small towns: Cairo, Ill., ``a violent, sorrowful little town'' perhaps breathing its last; and Kent, Conn., a ``prosperity-stricken'' rural town struggling to maintain its identity. Powers's towns have little in common. Cairo, at the southern tip of Illinois, has ``been dying for a hundred seventy years.'' Kent, a placid New England town, finds itself overwhelmed by the real-estate boom of the 1980's. One faces ``death by atrophy,'' the other, ``death by renaissance.'' Powers's meticulous examinations of the past, the hopes for revival, and the vivid personalities of each community reveal the towns' steady evolution to their current state. Following a ``breech birth'' in 1818, Cairo wouldn't build its first structure--prophetically, a tavern--for a decade. Described by Dickens as ``A dismal ugly sepulchre,'' the town was populated by gamblers and prostitutes and assorted thugs. By the turn of the century, Cairo was a stronghold of white supremacy, culminating in well- publicized gunplay during the 1960's race riots. Current mayor Al Ross, leader of the neo-Nazi White Hats, is the most visible legacy of that era. Kent, in contrast, hasn't the colorful, volcanic history of Cairo; but therein, notes Powers, lies its problem. This scenic town in the Berkshire foothills has always attracted ``weekenders'' and ``summer people,'' particularly New York artists and writers who, while never actively participating in ``community,'' have added demand onto Kent's limited, fragile infrastructure and services. With the 1980's came the sudden influx of ``fresh money'' as developers and architects imposed their modernized, upscale vision of ``rural'' lifestyle on the community. The rapid overdevelopment left Kent with no real commercial tax base, and thanks to the onset of severe recession throughout New England, the town is now foundering. A revelatory work with a great deal to say about the mythology, history, and future of the American Dream. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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