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Terminal Bend

Author: Patricia Mayer
Publisher: Livingston, AL : Livingston Press at The University of West Alabama, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this novel, the narrator assigns every person in her memory to a certain month -- and Miss Melba's memory holds not just twelve, but twelve-squared characters, along with that many more laughs and sobs. Set in a railroad town in south Alabama, this novel carries us through a good deal of the last century, from post World War I boom to The Great Depression, from the shame of the Japanese internment camps to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mayer, Patricia (Patricia M.).
Terminal Bend.
Livingston, AL : Livingston Press at The University of West Alabama, ©2000
(OCoLC)606515994
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Mayer
ISBN: 0942979737 9780942979732 0942979745 9780942979749
OCLC Number: 46365622
Description: 246 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Patricia Mayer.

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In this novel, the narrator assigns every person in her memory to a certain month -- and Miss Melba's memory holds not just twelve, but twelve-squared characters, along with that many more laughs and sobs. Set in a railroad town in south Alabama, this novel carries us through a good deal of the last century, from post World War I boom to The Great Depression, from the shame of the Japanese internment camps to the exultation of V-E and V-J days, from the shame of racism to the pleasure of friendships that overcame that same racism. The characters flow as effortlessly as do the months and the shifts of seasons, and Miss Melba draws these characters so lovingly that we almost feel sorry for even the villains, as her brother Earl comments upon watching Sheriff Simon find what he thinks to be the remains of his beloved dog, skinned. And being somewhat of a villain himself, Brother Earl surprises us with even this momentary compassion. But then that's Miss Melba's final point: we're all in this show together, for we all live in Terminal Bend.

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