Roxanna Slade by Reynolds Price
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Born in rural North Carolina in 1900 and telling her tale in the present, Roxanna begins her story on her twentieth birthday - a day that introduces her to the harsh realities of adulthood and changes the course of her life forever. From this day on, Roxanna is quick to share with the reader the intimate details of ninety years of life. While she barely leaves the small town of her youth, Roxanna's vision of the world is shaped by intense passions and loyalties and the certain tragedies of a life long lived. Fiercely loyal to all she loves yet prone to the chill of melancholy, Roxanna proves herself to be a great story teller. Her beguiling tale is one that boldly reflects the high and low moments in the development of the modern South, as well as illustrating one woman's inner strength through life's tall griefs and quick elations.
 

About Reynolds Price

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Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933, Educated in the public schools of his native state, he earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Duke University. In 1955 he traveled as a Rhodes Scholar to Merton College, Oxford University to study English Literature. After three years and a B.Litt. degree, he returned to Duke where he continues teaching as James B. Duke Professor of English. With his novel A Long and Happy Life in 1962, he began a career that has resulted in numerous volumes of fiction, poetry, plays, essays and memoirs, including Kate Vaiden, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his work has appeared in sixteen languages.
 
Published May 4, 1998 by Scribner. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A lovingly detailed record of a long and seemingly modest life, given resonance by the prolific Price’s extraordinary language and his sharp eye for the subtle complexities of character (The Promise of Rest , 1995, etc.).

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Many of the virtues that have endeared Price (Kate Vaiden) to readers are present in this story of a North Carolina woman and several generations of her family. Price's musically cadenced, nostalgia-w

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And after Roxanna marries Larkin's brother Palmer, bears his children and learns about his infidelity, the second half of the novel perks up with some old-fashioned soap-opera juice--thanks mainly to the horrendous legacy of slavery and its repercussions.

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If Price's choice of heroine is unsurprising, his choice of subject matter is not: Instead of taking his main character, 94-year-old Roxanna, to the front of world wars and the heart of the technological revolution, he leaves her relatively uninformed, as typical of her time and place (...

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