Synopses & Reviews
In Dream Me Home Safely, Alice Walker, Anna Quindlen, Lois Lowry, Nikki Giovanni, Chang-rae Lee, Alice McDermott, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Anthony Grooms, Ntozake Shange, Victor Martinez, Joyce Carol Oates, Faith Ringgold, and many more write on their own American childhoods. John Edgar Wideman pays fierce tribute to a complex mother who "used to dream me home safely by sitting up and waiting for me to stumble in." The young writer Bich Minh Nguyen remembers arriving in Michigan from Vietnam in 1975, and a classmate who says, "Your house smells funny." Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston leads us to remember the poignant vulnerability of childhood through the story of her autistic son, who needs a hug "forty-three times a day." Michael Porter recalls the heat of emergent sexuality on a particular North Carolina evening in 1971. In its intensely intimate writing, through memories as diverse and powerful as all of American letters, Dream Me Home Safely is an extraordinary literary keepsake of childhood in America.
"This collection constitutes a memorable portrait of coming-of-age in America." Booklist, ALA
In the title essay of this extraordinary keepsake of childhood in America, John Edgar Wideman pays fierce tribute to a complex mother who "used to dream me home safely by sitting up and waiting for me to stumble in." The young writer Bich Minh Nguyen remembers arriving in Michigan from Vietnam in 1975 and a classmate who said, "Your house smells funny," and Michael Parker recalls a sister's vivid -- and hilarious -- act of defiance on a particular North Carolina evening in 1971. These and many more intensely intimate memories make Dream Me Home Safely a collection as diverse and powerful as all of American letters.
About the Author
'SUSAN RICHARDS SHREVE has published thirteen novels, most recently A Student of Living Things. She is a professor of English at George Mason University and formerly cochairman and president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Shreve lives in Washington, D.C.Marian Wright Edelman is the president of the Children\'s Defense Fund and the author of the best-selling The Measure of Our Success, Guide My Feet, and Lanterns. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C.'
Table of Contents
CONTENTS MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN Foreword ix JULIA ALVAREZ Ars Politica 1 TINA McELROY ANSA The Center of the Universe 3 ROBERT BAUSCH My Fathers Dance 8 BEBE MOORE CAMPBELL from Sweet Summer 15 ALAN CHEUSE Rowing in Amboy 20 STUART DYBEK Thread 25 PATRICIA ELAM Parenthood: A Life Sentence 32 CAROLYN FERRELL A Childs Garden of Verse 39 MERRILL JOAN GERBER from The Kingdom of Brooklyn 57 NIKKI GIOVANNI Saturday Days 65 STEPHEN GOODWIN Transgressions 68 PATRICIA GRIFFITH The Spiral Staircase 73 ANTHONY GROOMS Christmas, Alabama, 1962 82 JEANNE WAKATSUKI HOUSTON Ba-chans Superstition 96 CHANG-RAE LEE Mute in an English-Only World 104 BEVERLY LOWRY Memphis Years 108 MICHAEL PATRICK MacDONALD Spitting Image 112 MARY MORRIS The Bluff 123 BICH MINH NGUYEN Toadstools 129 HOWARD NORMAN Birds at Night 133 JOYCE CAROL OATES The Gravediggers Daughter 143 LISA PAGE Psychedelic Shack 150 MICHAEL PARKER Movie Where You Dont See the Monster Until the End 154 ALEXS PATE Innocence Found 159 ANNA QUINDLEN Summer Coming 168 NINA REVOYR Foreigner in Marsh.eld 172 FAITH RINGGOLD The Boy Nobody Knew 179 NTOZAKE SHANGE Growing Up in St. Louis 182 SUSAN RICHARDS SHREVE Three Women and Me 186 SUSAN STRAIGHT Crick 192 ELIZABETH STROUT The Swimming Pool 197 ALICE WALKER Childhood 202 JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN Sitting 206 LOIS-ANN YAMANAKA JohnJohns World 216