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Kentucky native Nancy Culpepper boldly left home to attend school in Massachusetts, married a Yankee, and raised her son in the Northeast. “One day I was feeding chickens and listening to Hank Williams and the next day I was expected to know what wines went with what,” she tells her husband, Jack. Yet no matter where she travels, her rural southern heritage is never far from her thoughts, her habits, and her heart.

Nancy is on a lifelong quest to understand her place in the world. Returning home to the family farm, she searches for photographic evidence of an ancestor bearing her own name. Still in her jeans, she brings home strange ideas and an assertiveness she learned up north.

Always adventurous, Nancy travels far and wide–searching, seeking. The narrative sweep of her life traverses the turbulent sixties, the Vietnam War, the eighties and the foreboding death of John Lennon, and finally the new millennium–when a self-assured Nancy finally emerges. These humorous and often touching stories recount her courtship and marriage to Jack, her relationship with her precocious son, and the deep, loving bond between her parents, Spence and Lila Culpepper. Eventually Nancys marriage is threatened by a cultural divide that plagued her and Jack from the start. But when she inherits the Culpepper family farm and discovers more pieces of her ancestral puzzle, she realizes that her life is assuming its proper shape. Later, standing on a lonely mountain in England, she sees the world from a surprising perspective.

Bestselling author Bobbie Ann Masons prizewinning Nancy Culpepper chronicles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Southern Review, and other distinguished literary anthologies. She has compiled these stories into one definitive collection, which includes the novella Spence + Lila, two new, never-before-published stories, and one Pushcart Prize winner. Heartfelt and thought-provoking, Nancy Culpepper is a poignant depiction of change and growth in a modern-day heroine.

Review:

"A somber, slow-going drama in stories by award-winning author Mason (An Atomic Romance) follows a Kentucky farm family's quiet changes over the decades. When the first story begins in 1980, Nancy, the elder daughter of the Culpepper family, is in her late 30s, has an eight-year-old son with husband Jack Cleveland (a Yankee) and lives outside Philadelphia. Returning to the family farm to help her parents, Lila and Spence, move Granny into a nursing home, Nancy concerns herself with old photographs buried in Granny's house that feature Nancy's namesake, a long-lost aunt whom no one seems to know anything about. Subsequent stories deal with Granny's death, the decline and death of Jack's dog, the building tension between Nancy and Jack — both yearning for the spontaneity of their swinging '60s courtship — and the fate of the Culpepper farm. In the longest story, Lila is diagnosed with breast cancer, undergoes surgery and is lovingly nursed by Spence, Nancy and her sister, Cat. Though detailed and honest in its depiction of illness and loss and skillful in handling Nancy's lingering discomfort with the North, Mason's novel-in-stories lacks her usual sparkle. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Nancy Culpepper, the heroine of this thoughtful, achingly nostalgic collection of short stories that reads like a novel, is a smarter-than-average woman coming of age in the 1960s, when, with unusual vigor, a whole generation became convinced that they were smarter, better, hipper and wiser than their parents.

In Nancy's case, it just might be true. She has come to the Northeast for graduate... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

Bestselling author Mason compiles her prizewinning Nancy Culpepper chronicles into one definitive collection, which includes the novella "Spence + Lila," two new, never-before-published stories, and one Pushcart Prize winner.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375507182
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Mason, Bobbie Ann
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Domestic fiction, American
Subject:
General Fiction
Publication Date:
20060711
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.48x6.46x.87 in. 1.00 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A somber, slow-going drama in stories by award-winning author Mason (An Atomic Romance) follows a Kentucky farm family's quiet changes over the decades. When the first story begins in 1980, Nancy, the elder daughter of the Culpepper family, is in her late 30s, has an eight-year-old son with husband Jack Cleveland (a Yankee) and lives outside Philadelphia. Returning to the family farm to help her parents, Lila and Spence, move Granny into a nursing home, Nancy concerns herself with old photographs buried in Granny's house that feature Nancy's namesake, a long-lost aunt whom no one seems to know anything about. Subsequent stories deal with Granny's death, the decline and death of Jack's dog, the building tension between Nancy and Jack — both yearning for the spontaneity of their swinging '60s courtship — and the fate of the Culpepper farm. In the longest story, Lila is diagnosed with breast cancer, undergoes surgery and is lovingly nursed by Spence, Nancy and her sister, Cat. Though detailed and honest in its depiction of illness and loss and skillful in handling Nancy's lingering discomfort with the North, Mason's novel-in-stories lacks her usual sparkle. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author Mason compiles her prizewinning Nancy Culpepper chronicles into one definitive collection, which includes the novella "Spence + Lila," two new, never-before-published stories, and one Pushcart Prize winner.
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