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Tending to Virginia

Jill McCorkle

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ISBN 10: 0912697652 / ISBN 13: 9780912697659
Published by Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, 1987
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Review copy that binds the pages with stitching and has plain beige panels with a label with publishing information pasted to the front. Inscribed and dated by author on title page. This copy shows only slight wear--one corner barely bumped (one along top edge of front and one along foredge of badk), two short light wrinkles and one tiny light spot to front. 2 sheets of review information laid in with wrinkling and 2 short tears to edge of one and bent corner to the other. Bookseller Inventory # b18002

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Title: Tending to Virginia

Publisher: Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Issued without dust jacket.

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition (Review Copy, Signed).

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This is the story of Virginia Turner Ballard, know to her North Carolina relatives as Ginny Sue. It's also the story of her mother, her grandmother, her great aunts, her closest cousin--three generations of women who gather around Virginia to help her at the end of a hard pregnancy, to tend to her, to help her prepare for the fourth generation. This kind of family attendance, this kind of tending to, is Southern to the core, offering, as it does, the occasion for reviving and trading entwined family stories. Tending to Virginia is a novel of one family's most important stories--how they happened, how they were perceived, how they were remembered, how their truth is revealed. In the end, an eruption of family confessions becomes revelation--revelation as legacy, passed down among a family's women; revelation as a family's gift in celebration of growing up, a process Jill McCorkle knows lasts into old age. In her characterizations of these vivid women playing out their generational roles in the contemporary South, McCorkle presents us with a powerful insight--that the strongest family bonds are, for better or worse, as often created by what is held back as by what is spoken.

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