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This is the story of Virginia Turner Ballard, know to her North Carolina relatives as Ginny Sue. It's also the story of her mother, her grandmother, her great aunts, her closest cousin--three generations of women who gather around Virginia to help her at the end of a hard pregnancy, to tend to her, to help her prepare for the fourth generation. This kind of family attendance, this kind of tending to, is Southern to the core, offering, as it does, the occasion for reviving and trading entwined family stories. Tending to Virginia is a novel of one family's most important stories--how they happened, how they were perceived, how they were remembered, how their truth is revealed. In the end, an eruption of family confessions becomes revelation--revelation as legacy, passed down among a family's women; revelation as a family's gift in celebration of growing up, a process Jill McCorkle knows lasts into old age. In her characterizations of these vivid women playing out their generational roles in the contemporary South, McCorkle presents us with a powerful insight--that the strongest family bonds are, for better or worse, as often created by what is held back as by what is spoken.

About the Author

Jill McCorkle is the author of eight previous books, five of which were New York Times Notable Books. Two stories in Going Away Shoes were published in The Best American Short Stories. Winner of the New England Book Award, the Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives with her husband in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780912697659
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
A Shannon Ravenel Book
Author:
McCorkle, Jill
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C. :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Women -- Southern States -- Family relationships -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
19870930
Binding:
Hardback
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
312 p.

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