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Ava's Man (Paperback)

Author:  Rick Bragg
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375724443
ISBN-13: 9780375724442
Sku: 30995591
Publish Date: 9/1/2002
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  272
Age Range:  NA
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of All Over But the Shoutin continues his personal history of the Deep South with an evocation of his mothers childhood in the Appalachian foothills during the Great Depression and the inspiring story of the man who raised her. Readers Guide available. Reprint. 150,000 first printing. *Author: Bragg, Rick *Publication Date: 2002/09/01 *Number of Pages: 259 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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With the same emotional generosity and effortlessly compelling storytelling that made All Over But the Shoutin’ a national bestseller, Rick Bragg continues his personal history of the Deep South. This time he’s writing about his grandfather Charlie Bundrum, a man who died before Bragg was born but left an indelible imprint on the people who loved him. Drawing on their memories, Bragg reconstructs the life of an unlettered roofer who kept food on his family’s table through the worst of the Great Depression; a moonshiner who drank exactly one pint for every gallon he sold; an unregenerate brawler, who could sit for hours with a baby in the crook of his arm.

In telling Charlie’s story, Bragg conjures up the backwoods hamlets of Georgia and Alabama in the years when the roads were still dirt and real men never cussed in front of ladies. A masterly family chronicle and a human portrait so vivid you can smell the cornbread and whiskey, Ava’s Man is unforgettable.With the same emotional generosity and effortlessly compelling storytelling that made All Over But the Shoutin’ a national bestseller, Rick Bragg continues his personal history of the Deep South. This time he’s writing about his grandfather Charlie Bundrum, a man who died before Bragg was born but left an indelible imprint on the people who loved him. Drawing on their memories, Bragg reconstructs the life of an unlettered roofer who kept food on his family’s table through the worst of the Great Depression; a moonshiner who drank exactly one pint for every gallon he sold; an unregenerate brawler, who could sit for hours with a baby in the crook of his arm.

In telling Charlie’s story, Bragg conjures up the backwoods hamlets of Georgia and Alabama in the years when the roads were still dirt and real men never cussed in front of ladies. A masterly family chronicle and a human portrait so vivid you can smell the cornbread and whiskey, Ava’s Man is unforgettable.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg was born a year after his maternal grandfather died in 1958, but resurrects him here, in this portrait of the grandfather he never knew. Researching the life of this much-loved patriarch brings Bragg to the Appalachian foothills, and back in time to a South that is no more.

Praise

Publishers Weekly
"Bragg delivers, with deep affection, fierce familial pride, and keen, vivid prose that's as sharp and bone-bright as a butcher's knife." 08/06/2001

New York Times Book Review
"Relatively few writers have truly caught the voice of the Southern working class...The family he tells us about is his own. Often he lets the people speak for themselves, and the authenticity of the voices and the setting grab you from the first sentence...It is the rhythm, the breaks and pauses, that make Bragg's sentences work...[I]n AVA'S MAN his style works like an amphetamine. You feel alert reading him. He creates a kind of sublime testimonial...AVA'S MAN stays with you long after you put it down. Bragg's story of his grandparents makes you want to do better, to be more honest with yourself. It is hard to think of a writer who reminds us more forcefully and wonderfully of what people and families are all about." - Robert Morgan 09/02/2001

New York Times
"On one level the book preserves the dignity of a much-maligned region. But "Ava's Man" succeeds as art, unattached to place. You don't have to know Appalachia's history of exploitation to savor the warm biscuits Ava slips to the family's horse at the kitchen window. Mr. Bragg's hungering for truth and respect is not so easily consummated. It is a perpetual experience that resists the erasure of memory and finds newness in every turn of the past." - Theodore Rosengarten 09/10/2001

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"[An] earthy, mischievous, yet gorgeous prose portrait....How wonderful that Bragg could do these stories, and their subject, such rich and colorful justice." - Megan Harlan 09/09/2001

Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)
"AVA'S MAN is almost certain to delight Bragg connoisseurs, even if the prose, like good Southern molasses, grows a tad too rich in large quantities." - Philip Connors 09/02/2001

Rain Taxi Review of Books
"Bragg, a wonderfully homey writer, like someone just having a conversation on paper over lemonade, brings a life to life, delivering immediacy to events that took place long ago. Like Frank McCourt and Willie Morris, Bragg is a writer who makes you want to tell your own stories...." Fall 2001

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Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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