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Title: Roxanna Slade
Publisher: Scribner, New York
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Very Good Plus
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Plus
Signed: Signed By Author on Title Page
Edition: First Edition.
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Born in rural North Carolina in 1900 and telling her tale in the present, Roxanna begins her story on her twentieth birthday - a day that introduces her to the harsh realities of adulthood and changes the course of her life forever. From this day on, Roxanna is quick to share with the reader the intimate details of ninety years of life. While she barely leaves the small town of her youth, Roxanna's vision of the world is shaped by intense passions and loyalties and the certain tragedies of a life long lived. Fiercely loyal to all she loves yet prone to the chill of melancholy, Roxanna proves herself to be a great story teller. Her beguiling tale is one that boldly reflects the high and low moments in the development of the modern South, as well as illustrating one woman's inner strength through life's tall griefs and quick elations.Review:
It is this book's particular genius to compress our century and all of its extraordinary upheavals into the life of one decidedly ordinary Southern woman born in 1900. Told in Roxanna Slade's own inimitable voice, she begins her story abruptly at the age of 20, with an episode that's both an aberration from the life that follows and her life's single most significant event. In the course of a single afternoon, Roxanna meets a shockingly handsome young man and falls in love, only to have him drown in front of her very eyes. She goes on to marry his older brother, bear several children, discover her husband's long-term affair, fall into a deep depression, watch her parents succumb to old age and stroke--in short, to live a long, full life of the sort she sees as belonging to "normal white people." It's fashionable these days for novels to put their heroines through the dysfunction wringer--bulimia! cancer! incestuous rape!--in the hopes that their lives will somehow illuminate universal truths. The achievement of Roxanna Slade is that it both aspires to less and achieves more. Roxanna is no saint, she insists in the novel's opening pages. She faces her own minor-key crises with quiet aplomb, bolstered by her plainspoken and unsentimental view of the world. "Life, in the world I occupy, is an adequate blessing," she says, and the reader will surely agree.
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