Gene, Everywhere: a life-changing visit from my father-in-law


Product Details

$28.95  $26.63
One Mississippi Press LLC
Publish Date
March 10, 2020
6.14 X 9.21 X 0.81 inches | 1.38 pounds

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About the Author

Talya Tate Boerner draws on her rural roots to deliver readers back to a simpler time when screen doors slammed, kids tromped cotton, and Momma baked cornbread for supper every night. Boerner, a fourth-generation Arkansas farm girl, has been published in Arkansas Review, Ponder Review, and Writer's Digest. A graduate of Baylor University (with a degree in economics), she worked thirty years as a commercial lender in Dallas before returning home to Arkansas. Boerner lives in Fayetteville with her husband and two miniature schnauzers. Follow Boerner's blog Grace Grits and Gardening ( for tales of farming, gardening, and comfort food. Her second book, Gene, Everywhere, is forthcoming March 2020.


This quiet, grace-filled memoir reminds us that it takes courage to slow down and confront one's own insecurities and to face head-on the fragility of life's quiet moments, and yet, at its heart, doing so is the greatest of life's strengths.

J. Bradley Minnick, Host and Executive Producer of Arts & Letters

For those of us who are aging along with our parents, Gene Everywhere is a wonderful companion on this journey. In prose that is clear-eyed and authentic, Talya Tate Boerner shows us how profound connections can take hold in the most unexpected ways.

Brenda Miller, author of An Earlier Life

Relationships between daughters-in-law and their fathers-in-law are rarely explored in literature, particularly in such honest and memorable prose, and in this way Gene, Everywherebreaks new ground...

Dorene O'Brien, author of What It Might Feel Like to Hope

Boerner writes in a true Southern voice--clear, fresh, and light-hearted... taking the reader along as Gene's visit opens the possibility of a different life for herself.

Brenda Clem Black, author of Black & Kiddo: A True Story of Dust, Determination, and Cowboy Dreams

Talya brings the reader into her home and heart with a voice that is fearlessly candid and instantly endearing.

Kyran Pittman, author of Planting Dandelions: Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life

From the first chapter, I am captivated. Talya Boerner's prose reads like poetry. Each word is carefully chosen for color and texture, then woven into a gorgeous tapestry of story. Talya is one of the best contemporary authors I've read lately, and I'm happy to count myself a fan of her work.

Cassie Dandridge Selleck, author of The Pecan Man