A Girl's Life by Marianne Gingher
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In pleasant contrast to the recent flood of haunted childhood memoirs, A Girl's Life is about growing up in a functional family, about nurture, serenity, wonderment, and the stabilizing contributions an unencumbered heart makes in the life of an observant child. Marianne Gingher makes the events of a "normal" girlhood not only engaging but distinctly illuminating and explores rites of passage that are as persuasive in shaping an artist's sensibilities as are privations.

Arranged in a loose chronology, the tales document a southern white girl's middle-class initiation into the adult world. The first section, "Sanctuary," recalls Gingher's earliest impressions of family dynamics and shelter, a child's yearnings and resourcefulness. "Truths and Grit," the second section, deals with the tempering of bliss, a young girl's first encounters with corruption and mortality. In the final group of essays, "Metaphors and Pies," Gingher explores the contributions her recollections of childhood make in her ongoing trials as a parent and a writer. That her own childhood still permeates and inspires her present life is perhaps its greatest legacy.


About Marianne Gingher

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Marianne Gingher is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her most recent book is "Adventures in Pen Land".
Published June 1, 2001 by Louisiana State Univ Pr. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Gingher, director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, delivers on his request, extolling and sometimes sugarcoating the virtues of her North Carolina girlhood.

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