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|Title: Pulling Down the Barn: Memories of a Rural Childhood|
By: Anne-Marie Oomen
Number of Pages: 138
Vendor: Wayne State University Press
Publication Date: 2004
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 6.02 X 0.34 (inches)|
Weight: 8 ounces
Series: Great Lakes Books
Stock No: WW332337
Pulling Down the Barn eloquently recalls author Anne-Marie Oomen's personal journey as she discovers herself an outsider on her family farm located in western Michigan's Oceana County, in the township of Elbridge--a couple hundred acres in the middle of rural America. Written as a series of heartfelt interlocking narratives, this collection of essays portrays the realities of farm life: haying, picking asparagus and cherries, the machinery of tractors and pickers; but each chapter also touches upon the more ethereal and rarely articulated: the stoic love that permeates a family, the farmer's struggle with identity, and the way land can shape a childhood. With its rich language and style, Pulling Down the Barn engrosses the reader in Oomen's memories--setting beauty and wonder against work and loss--and paints a poignant portrait of growing up in rural Michigan.
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