My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Mark Richard is the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award winner for “The Ice at the Bottom of the World.” He grew up in the rural south under some tough situations:
Say you have a “special child,” which in the South means one between Down’s and dyslexic. Birth him with his father away on Army maneuvers [and] further frighten the mother, age twenty, with the child’s convulsions. There’s something “different” about this child, the doctors say.
Sometimes, I wonder how we can take the kindest of words and turn it into something cruel.
In Richard’s case he was predicted to be wheelchair bound, but that did not stop him from working a myriad of jobs. In time his hips did fail, but not before one of Richard’s short stories was published and his “writer’s journey” began.
I enjoyed his memoir. His writing style is almost poetic. Many of his tales struck home, because I am old enough to remember the south in those pages. I can remember the exact same toys that I lost in fields all over North Georgia.
I give it a solid 4 stars out of 5.
Now for the fun part, I am hosting a drawing for one of two copies of Mark Richard’s “House of Prayer No. 2”. Leave a comment with your email address or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your mailing address. I will have the drawing March 10th, 2011 and pick two winners.
The contest is open to US residents and no PO boxes please …
Contest Closed — Congratulations to the pair who entered
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