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The blessing : a memoir

Author: Gregory Orr
Publisher: San Francisco : Council Oak Books, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The blood that would first stain Orr's childhood was spilled the year he was twelve. In that autumn, Gregory Orr shot his brother to death in a hunting accident. In this spare and poignant memoir, he tells how this horrific event shaped his life. Against backdrops of the rural Hudson Valley, a remote charity hospital in the jungles of Haiti, and the Deep South of the civil rights era where he marched and bled with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Gregory Orr; Gregory Orr
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Orr
ISBN: 1571781110 9781571781116
OCLC Number: 50564804
Description: xi, 209 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Blessing --
Guns --
Accident --
Meanings --
Child mind --
Numb --
Field --
Cain continuing --
Alcove --
Renssalaerville --
Germantown --
Ditch --
House calls --
Bottles --
Books --
New heights --
Chiron --
After --
Returning --
Dream --
Old house --
Visitors --
Plans --
Haiti --
My mother's letters --
Paths --
Voodun --
Last letter --
Operation --
Leaving --
Green bird --
Back to Germantown --
Inga --
School --
Maidens of Hades --
Thread of poetry --
Excursion --
College --
Aftermath --
Mississippi --
Jackson --
After the long day --
Hayneville --
Safe and sound --
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"The inadvertent shooting death of his brother by poet Orr gives this memoir a god-awful specific gravity and spurs the author's search for ways to live on...Here, the old and new meanings of  Read more...

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"Here, the old and new meanings of 'blessing' -- to sprinkle with blood, to confer spiritual power -- harrowingly collide."

 
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