A Strong West Wind

A Strong West Wind

A Memoir

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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In this memoir set on the high plains of Texas, Pulitzer Prize winner Caldwell transforms into art what it is like to come of age in a particular time and place. Beginning in the 1950s in the wilds of the Texas Panhandle, she grew up surrounded by dust storms and cattle ranches and summer lightning, and took refuge from the vastness of the land and the ever-present wind by retreating into books. What she found there, from renegade women to men who lit out for the territory, turned out to offer a blueprint for her own future. Caldwell would become a writer, but first she would fall in love with a man who was every mother's nightmare, live through the Vietnam years, and defy the father she adored. This memoir of culture and history--of fathers and daughters, of two world wars and the passionate rebellions of the sixties--is also about the mythology of place and the evolution of a sensibility: how literature can shape and even anticipate a life.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400062485
Characteristics: xxii, 228 p. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 12, 2016

A great memoir about growing up in the tumultuous 60's in West Texas. The writing is beautiful, the stories are poignant and sentimental. Caldwell pays great tributes to many of her family members with descriptions of the times and memories of relationships.

Caldwell weaves together lives of generations with the common threads of war, politics and feminism. Relationships falter, and recover with the benefit of time and retrospection.

I love a book that sends me searching for other referenced authors...this memoir does. This is the second book that I've read by Caldwell, and I'm compelled to think that I'm not yet discouraged.

Mar 07, 2011

A detailed history of Gail Caldwell, her music, the intellectual books she read--and still remembers!!

Made me envious of those Austin hippies back in the day. Did she miss a single concert?


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