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Scissors, paper, rock.
New York : Pocket Books, c1993
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|ISBN:||0671795414 : 9780671795412|
|Description:||226 p. ; 23 cm.|
For nearly two centuries, the Hardins have considered Strang Knob - a community tucked into a westward-flung finger of the Appalachians - the center of their universe. On a day "when the clouds began to spit snow" Raphael's father, Tom Hardin, set mink traps with his bride-to-be, Rose Ella, and touched something in her heart forever by plunging into a flooded river to save a drowning dog. Throughout the raising of seven children, Rose Ella and Tom's love became a slipknot; the harder they strained at it, the tighter it bound them one to another.
But for their children, the Hardin household was both a nest of plain affection and a place to leave. Now when Tom speaks to his urbanized sons and daughters, he feels as if he's calling across a river of neckties and office lights. It falls on Miss Camilla Perkins, the Hardins' next door neighbor, to provide shelter for Raphael, who has been diagnosed with AIDS. In her home he hooks up his intravenous tube while his hungry heart feeds off the spinster's memories of a simpler, though never easy, era. Through the intricately interwoven stories of the Hardin parents and children, Scissors, Paper, Rock contrasts the families we inherit - our blood ties - with the families we choose, our partners in love and our friends. After making love with a childhood friend in his parents' backyard, Raphael muses: "Who are those who will remember him? Who will remember the artistic sons gone to distant cities to die of euphemisms?"