If Nights Could Talk by Marsha Recknagel
A Family Memoir

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If Nights Could Talk is a rich gothic story of a Southern family, a tale of wealth and emotional need that spans generations. Marsha Recknagel's memoir begins with the surprise appearance of her 16-year-old nephew, Jamie, who arrives on her doorstep and into her ordered, childless life. Fleeing a chaotic home run by Marsha's unstable younger brother and his wife, Jamie is an ominous creature-and the center of an ongoing family tug-of-war. For Marsha, to open the door is to risk opening herself up to the pain of the past. Reluctantly she takes him in. Thus begins the painful, terrifying, and extraordinary process of unraveling the damage inflicted by her family on one of its own.

 

About Marsha Recknagel

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Marsha Recknagel has an M.F.A. from Bennington College. She teaches creative writing at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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She also has a knack for melodrama: “Without my father, the family seemed to spin like an unpredictable tropical storm.” Still, her childhood flashbacks, which illuminate her complicated relationship with Jimmy and her parents, are rich with psychological insight, and readers who plow through the...

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It was a vicious feud pitting Recknagel's brother, his wife (they met in a mental hospital when still teenagers) and her parents against the rest of the Recknagel family.

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