She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons - A Life in Novels
epub | 5.13 MB | Author :Kathleen Hill | Delphinium Books


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This memoir takes readers around the world, from New York to Nigeria, exploring a life illuminated by novels.

As a child in music class, Kathleen Hill comes upon Willa Cather's Lucy Gayheart, and the novel prepares her for a drowning death that soon occurs in her own life. Later, recently married and working as a teacher in a newly independent Nigeria, Hill assigns Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart to her students, which leads to learning from them about the violent legacy of colonialism, and visiting an old slave port whose disturbing relics make her aware of her benighted American innocence. Also in Nigeria, she is given Henry James's A Portrait of a Lady and deeply ponders her new marriage through the lens of Isabel Archer, remembering her adolescent fear that reading might be a way of avoiding experience.

But is it possible that the act of reading itself may be a form of ardent, transforming experience? In this memoir,...

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