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Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son

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Publisher Comments:

andlt;Iandgt;Summer of Deliveranceandlt;/Iandgt; is a powerful and moving memoir of anger, love, and reconciliation between a son and his father. Hailed as a literary genius of his generation, James Dickey created his art and lived his life with a ferocious passion. He was a heavy drinker, a destructive husband and father, a poet of grace and sensitivity, and, after the publication and subsequent film of his novel, andlt;Iandgt;Deliverance,andlt;/Iandgt; a wildly popular literary star. Drawing on letters, notebooks, diaries, and his explicit conversations with his father, Christopher Dickey has crafted a superb memoir of the corrosive effects of fame, a moving remembrance of a crisis that united a family, and an inspiring celebration of love between father and son.

Review:

"Christopher Dickey has written a superbly crafted memoir of one of America's most celebrated and most infamous writers, his father, James Dickey. There is bitterness here and the stories of drunkenness and womanizing come to light, but what lies at the heart of the book is the powerful, frequently awkward, and painful love between a father and son. From Christopher's childhood when James Dickey began 'making my head,' to the filming of Deliverance, when the Georgia poet was already more famous than most of the actors on the set, from his second marriage, long after he had become a caricature of himself, to his death bed and reconciliation with his son, James Dickey is an engrossing subject. 'If I didn't call him before eleven o'clock in the morning,' Christopher writes, 'I might as well have not have called him at all. He wouldn't remember or couldn't speak coherently enough.' And, later, 'We were not my father's kind anymore. But we all wanted to believe, still,
that we could be.' In clear-eyed, often moving prose, Christopher Dickey recognizes both his father's demons and the frequent genius of his work. His poetry runs through the book like a time line. '... Come, son, and find me here/In love with the sound of my voice.'" Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

Summer of Deliverance is a powerful and moving memoir of anger, love, and reconciliation between a son and his father. Hailed as a literary genius of his generation, James Dickey created his art and lived his life with a ferocious passion. He was a heavy drinker, a destructive husband and father, a poet of grace and sensitivity, and, after the publication and subsequent film of his novel, Deliverance, a wildly popular literary star. Drawing on letters, notebooks, diaries, and his explicit conversations with his father, Christopher Dickey has crafted a superb memoir of the corrosive effects of fame, a moving remembrance of a crisis that united a family, and an inspiring celebration of love between father and son.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Christopher Dickeyandlt;/Bandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Newsweekandlt;/Iandgt;'s award-winning Paris bureau chief and Middle East editor, reports regularly from Baghdad, Cairo, and Jerusalem, and writes the weekly "Shadowland" column — an inside look at the world of spies and soldiers, guerrillas and suicide bombers — for andlt;Iandgt;Newsweekandlt;/Iandgt; Online. He is the author of andlt;Iandgt;Summer of Deliverance, Expats, With the Contras,andlt;/Iandgt; and the novel andlt;Iandgt;Innocent Blood.andlt;/Iandgt; He lives in Paris.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Overtures

FATHERS

The Landings

The Collector

Root-Light

Flight School

The Color of Rust

All Saints

SONS

The Two-Car Garage

Serpents

Bring Home the Coke

Loners

God's Script

Moonshine

RIVALS

Positano

Barnstorming

The Night Pool

The Corvette

Apollo

At the River

The Cutting Room

Resting Place

ENEMIES

The Canoe Beneath the Hammock

Re-enactment

Women

The Sudanese Dagger

The Sea and Old Men

FATHER AND SON

Vectoring

The Nightmare Life in Death

Walls of Books

Closings

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684855370
Author:
Dickey, Christopher
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Dickey, james, 1923-1997
Subject:
Fathers and sons -- United States.
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
August 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pg bandamp;w insert--use e-files; band
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.145 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Summer of Deliverance is a powerful and moving memoir of anger, love, and reconciliation between a son and his father. Hailed as a literary genius of his generation, James Dickey created his art and lived his life with a ferocious passion. He was a heavy drinker, a destructive husband and father, a poet of grace and sensitivity, and, after the publication and subsequent film of his novel, Deliverance, a wildly popular literary star. Drawing on letters, notebooks, diaries, and his explicit conversations with his father, Christopher Dickey has crafted a superb memoir of the corrosive effects of fame, a moving remembrance of a crisis that united a family, and an inspiring celebration of love between father and son.

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