Summer of Ordinary Ways A Memoir

ISBN-10: 0873515889

ISBN-13: 9780873515887

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Practicing baseball with Dad, then watching him go after a cow with a pitchfork in a fit of rage. Playing chicken on the county road with semi trucks full of hogs. Flirting with the milkman. Chasing with your sisters after Wreck and Bump, mangy mutts who prowl farmsteads killing chickens and drinking fuel oil. Dandelion wine. The ghost of a girl buried alive over a century ago. These unforgettable, sometimes hilarious images spill from a fierce and wondrous childhood into the pages of "The Summer of Ordinary Ways," ldquo; Helget wrings intensity from the seemingly mundane- a family farm, the kitchen, a sleepy Midwestern town- to recreate a past that lives on somewhere between a dream and a nightmare. In "The Summer of Ordinary Ways," every detail is authentic and resonant, every moment feels lived. Helgetrsquo; s debut is nothing short of remarkable.rdquo; - Rosellen Brown, author of "Tender Mercies" ldquo; Marvelous, vibrant, and full of gritty energy, carrying the reader on a breathless ride across hills and valleys of pain, humor, and redemption.rdquo; - Faith Sullivan, author of "The Cape Ann" ldquo; Written with blistering beauty, this fierce memoir is an elegy for broken spirits- human and animal- and a prayer for those able to face their past. rdquo; - Bart Schneider, author of "Beautiful Inez" ldquo; After Helget lulls you with the simplicity so often mistakenly ascribed to country life, she takes your breath away with the sheer power and poetry of her emotional integrity.rdquo; - "Booklist" (starred review) ldquo; In precise, cadenced prose, this gifted young authorhas taken the messiest of lives and fashioned something beautiful.rdquo; - "People" magazine (Criticrsquo; s Choice, four stars) Nicole Lea Helget studies and teaches at Minnesota State University Mankato. She is the winner of the 2004 "Speakeasy" Prize for Prose. This is her first book.
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date: 3/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 182
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Born in 1976, NICOLE LEA HELGET grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota, a childhood and place she drew on in the writing of her memoir, The Summer of Ordinary Ways . She received her BA and an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Based on the novel’s first chapter, NPR’s Scott Simon awarded The Turtle Catcher the Tamarack Prize from Minnesota Monthly .

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