Synopses & Reviews
The author of "Sleeping Arrangements" returns with this glorious account of ultimate urban fantasy--country living. Her transformation from city dweller to country sophisticate takes the reader from the cramped spaces of the Bronx to the rolling greenery of upstate New York.
The author of Sleeping Arrangements returns with this glorious account of ultimate urban fantasy--country living.
When it was published ten years ago, Laura Cunningham's Sleeping Arrangements, a loving tribute to her eccentric childhood in the "Babylonian Bronx" of the 1950s, was met with a veritable avalanche of praise. Anne Tyler, writing in The Baltimore Sun, called it "a truly wonderful book." The Wall Street Journal compared Cunningham to Truman Capote, and The New York Times praised it as "a model memoir...funny and sad, irreverent and generous."
A Place in the Country marks the welcome return of this beloved writer. Like an American A Year in Provence or Under the Tuscan Sun, this winning memoir speaks to the universal dream of escape, the yearning for what Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden called "a bit of earth." A Place in the Country describes Cunningham's transformation from urban dweller to country sophisticate and takes the reader from the cramped spaces of her Bronx youth to the rolling greenery of the upstate New York farm she eventually settles on.
Cunningham's negotiations with the land, the local gentry (English aristocrats, a swami and his followers, and dairy farmers, among others), and the wildlife (holsteins, deer, chickens, geese, snakes, and pigs) are related with acuity, novelistic grace, and wry humor. Along the way, we revel in some of the most evocative writing about place in recent memory. A Place in the Country is an immensely satisfying book that at once captures the rustic dreams of every city child and the poignant passing of the old-fashioned pastoral life.