Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You by Fred Chappell

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Jess Kirkman's grandmother is dying, and as her family gathers around her, Jess remembers the tales she and his mother have passed down to him. In preparing Jess to become a man, these stories assemble a chorus of women's voices that sing and share and celebrate the common song of life. This is a magical novel of women's wisdom passed down through generations of storytelling. national ads/media.

About Fred Chappell

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Born in Canton, North Carolina, Fred Chappell earned a Master's degree at Duke University. He has written numerous novels and books of poetry, including First and Last Words, Midquest, More Shapes than One, and I Am One of You Forever. Among the awards Chappell has received in his illustrious career are the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize in 1973, the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1980, Yale University Library's Bollingen Prize in poetry in 1985, and the Aiken Taylor Award in poetry in 1996. Chappell is Burlington Industries Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also writes about poetry every month as a News & Observer book columnist. He was selected by the governor of North Carolina to be the state's poet laureate. Chappell lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Published December 17, 2013 by Picador. 241 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Granny is surrounded by her kinfolk, but we more or less lose track of her as a character once her grandson Jess starts to reminisce about Granny's stories of the local women she spent most of her life with.

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By turns funny, brooding, romantic and heroic, the tales--bearing chapter headings such as ""The Shooting Woman,"" ""The Fisherwoman"" and ""The Feistiest Woman""--cohere into a body of women's wisdom that will enable Jess to be a man.

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''For thirty years I've carried conflicting versions of many stories in my mind and have come no closer to discerning the truth than when I was fifteen.'' So writes Jess Kirkman, whose mother and grandmother tell the tales in this story collection that calls itself a novel.

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