Curing Season: Artifacts
Kristine Langley Mahler (Author)
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Description"An exquisite, aching memoir of adolescent girlhood. . . . Treasures await." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "A lovely and rapturous excavation and examination of the past, a lesson in writing oneself into history when it doesn't offer you a space." --Jenny Boully, author of Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life After spending four years of adolescence in suburban North Carolina, Kristine Langley Mahler, even as an adult, is still buffeted by the cultural differences between her pioneer-like upbringing in Oregon and the settled southern traditions into which she could never assimilate. Collecting evidence of displacement--a graveyard in a mall parking lot, a suburban neighborhood of white kids bused to desegregate public schools in the 1990s, and the death of her best friend--Curing Season is an attempt to understand her failed grasp at belonging. Mahler's yearning for acceptance remains buried like a splinter, which she carefully tweezes out in the form of artifacts from her youth. But it isn't until she encounters a book of local family histories that she takes inhabitation and truth apart, grafting and twisting and imprinting her history on theirs, until even she can no longer tell the difference between their truth and her own. Using inventive essay forms, Mahler pries apart the cracks of exclusion and experiments with the nature of belonging, memory, and place. Curing Season is a coming-of-age memoir for anyone who grew up anywhere but home.
West Virginia University Press
October 01, 2022
5.7 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.85 pounds
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About the Author
Kristine Langley Mahler is a memoirist experimenting with the truth who lives near Omaha, Nebraska. Her work has been supported by the Nebraska Arts Council and is published in DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Brevity, Speculative Nonfiction, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is the director of Split/Lip Press.