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Pulling Down the Barn: Memories of a Rural Childhood

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780814332337
Author(s): Anne-Marie Oomen
Format: Paperback
Year: 2004
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 9 (w x l x h)
Pages: 138
Pages: 14-18
Series: Great Lakes Books (Paperback)

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Pulling Down the Barn eloquently recalls author Anne-Marie Oomen's personal journey as she discovers herself an outsider on her family farm located in western Michigan's Oceana County, in the township of Elbridge - a couple hundred acres in the middle of rural America. Written as a series of heartfelt interlocking narratives, this collection of essays portrays the realities of farm life: haying, picking asparagus and cherries, the machinery of tractors and pickers, but each chapter also touches upon the more ethereal and rarely articulated: the stoic love that permeates a family, the farmer's struggle with identity, the unspoken patriarchy of land passed on to sons (often at the expense of daughters), and the way land can shape a childhood. With its rich language and style, Pulling Down the Barn engrosses the reader in Oomen's memories - setting beauty and wonder against work and loss - and paints a poignant portrait of growing up in rural Michigan.

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