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Narrow river, wide sky : a memoir, Jenny Forrester

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Narrow river, wide sky : a memoir
Title
Narrow river, wide sky
Title remainder
a memoir
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Jenny Forrester
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eng
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"In the vein of The Liar's Club and The Glass Castle, Jenny Forrester's memoir perfectly captures both place and a community situated on the Colorado Plateau between slot canyons and rattlesnakes, where she grew up with her mother and brother in a single-wide trailer proudly displaying an American flag. Forrester's powerfully eloquent story reveals a rural small town comprising God-fearing Republicans, ranchers, Mormons, and Native Americans. With sensitivity and resilience, Forrester navigates feelings of isolation, an abusive boyfriend, sexual assault, and a failed college attempt to forge a separate identity. As young adults, after their mother's accidental death, Forrester and her brother are left with an increasingly strained relationship that becomes a microcosm of America's political landscape. Narrow River, Wide Sky is a breathtaking, determinedly truthful story about one woman's search for identity within the mythology of family and America itself"--
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The landscape and culture of west Colorado are vividly evoked in an accomplished literary debut."How do we settle with ghosts?" Forrester asks in her finely etched memoir, which begins when she and her brother try to decide on their mother's burial site. "Where do we bury our mothers when there is nowhere we belong?" The author grew up poor: her family lived in a double-wide trailer after their father's "all-time best construction business" failed; and then, after her parents divorced, in a single-wide trailer in the small town of Mancos. Narrow-minded churchgoers pitied her mother and the two children as a broken family. Forrester was bullied at school, where bored students "learned through textbooks, rote memorization, and discipline with strict rules, straight lines, the Pledge of Allegiance, moral certainty, no discussions, no show and tell." Moral certainty was widespread in a town peopled by assorted religious fundamentalists and strident patriots. Mancos seemed like a place from which Forrester never would escape. In high school, she was promiscuous, ending up with Paul, as bigoted and controlling as her father had been. As a scholarship student at the University of Colorado, she faced "uncharted social terrain." She struggled academically, felt alienated from the school's sorority culture, gained unwanted weight, and discovered that she was pregnant. She had an abortion without anesthesia because she could not afford it. Much of the memoir focuses on Forrester's mother, struggling to support her children, navigating her own uncharted terrain as she trained to become an ESL teacher, and finally showing her daughter the understanding and support that she desperately needed. Throughout, the author reflects on the culture that shaped and, in many ways, oppressed her: "an American flag waving from the bracket by the trailer door and ranchers and Mormons and Masons and a Christianity based in western pioneer mythology and guns under the bed." A modest, thoughtful memoir that traces hard-won liberation from the past.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2017)
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autobiography
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10563799
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Forrester, Jenny
Dewey number
978.8/27
Index
no index present
LC call number
F784.M297
LC item number
F67 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Forrester, Jenny
  • Forrester, Jenny
  • Forrester, Jenny
  • Girls
  • Young women
  • Coming of age
  • Mancos (Colo.)
  • Mancos (Colo.)
  • Eagle River Region (Colo.)
  • Colorado Plateau
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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Narrow river, wide sky : a memoir, Jenny Forrester
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Contents
I. Children of a Narrow River -- The Narrow River -- Strange Land -- Daughters and Son -- A Familiar Kind of Forgiveness -- II. Seeking Redemption : Becoming Mancos -- Supine -- Kneel -- Run -- Crawl -- III. An American Trailer Trash Republican Childhood -- Running Mountains -- Sex Education -- Small Town Dreams -- Narrow River, Wide Sky -- IV. Not Meant for the Same Things -- College -- Boys Who Didn't Chew Tobacco -- What'll You Be When You Grow Up? -- Salt River -- V. The Wildness of the Source You Can't Kill -- My Chevy S10 Pickup Truck -- Up to Leadville -- Digging Postholes for Fences -- A Wide River -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn954430021
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
237 pages
Isbn
9780997068351
Lccn
2016041304
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)954430021
Label
Narrow river, wide sky : a memoir, Jenny Forrester
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
I. Children of a Narrow River -- The Narrow River -- Strange Land -- Daughters and Son -- A Familiar Kind of Forgiveness -- II. Seeking Redemption : Becoming Mancos -- Supine -- Kneel -- Run -- Crawl -- III. An American Trailer Trash Republican Childhood -- Running Mountains -- Sex Education -- Small Town Dreams -- Narrow River, Wide Sky -- IV. Not Meant for the Same Things -- College -- Boys Who Didn't Chew Tobacco -- What'll You Be When You Grow Up? -- Salt River -- V. The Wildness of the Source You Can't Kill -- My Chevy S10 Pickup Truck -- Up to Leadville -- Digging Postholes for Fences -- A Wide River -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn954430021
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
237 pages
Isbn
9780997068351
Lccn
2016041304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)954430021

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