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.
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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.| Read Full Review of A Girl's Life: Horses, Boys, ...
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