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The Resource On the outskirts of normal : forging a family against the grain : [a memoir], Debra Monroe

On the outskirts of normal : forging a family against the grain : [a memoir], Debra Monroe

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On the outskirts of normal : forging a family against the grain : [a memoir]
Title
On the outskirts of normal
Title remainder
forging a family against the grain : [a memoir]
Statement of responsibility
Debra Monroe
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"After moving to a humble cottage outside of a tiny Texas town, Debra Monroe rids herself of an abusive husband, battles sexist contractors and workers as she renovates her home, and finally, after several disheartening letdowns, is able to adopt her beautiful baby daughter, Marie. Though elated that her dream is coming true, Monroe faces trials that befall her not just as a single mother but as a white mother of a black child. In On the Outskirts of Normal, two-time National Book Award nominee Monroe's heart creaks "like china with hairline cracks" each time a racist comment rolls their way or stares linger a little too long in their direction. Though she and her daughter face serious undiagnosed illnesses leading to innumerable, painful doctor visits, Monroe remains steadfast in her dedication to Marie and their small but tight family. Reading On the Outskirts of Normal at times feels like driving through an unwieldy thunderstorm at night on the unlit country roads that snake their way to Monroe's house in the woods; readers will feel her exhaustion but will be buoyed by her ever-present faith and fiery love. Pulitzer Prize winner Madeleine Blais writes that On the Outskirts of Normal is the "real deal: both a literary triumph and a triumph of the heart.""--
Summary
"After moving to a humble cottage outside of a tiny Texas town, Debra Monroe rids herself of an abusive husband, battles sexist contractors and workers as she renovates her home, and finally, after several disheartening letdowns, is able to adopt her beautiful baby daughter, Marie. Though elated that her dream is coming true, Monroe faces trials that befall her not just as a single mother but as a white mother of a black child. In On the Outskirts of Normal, two-time National Book Award nominee Monroe's heart creaks "like china with hairline cracks" each time a racist comment rolls their way or stares linger a little too long in their direction. Though she and her daughter face serious undiagnosed illnesses leading to innumerable, painful doctor visits, Monroe remains steadfast in her dedication to Marie and their small but tight family. Reading On the Outskirts of Normal at times feels like driving through an unwieldy thunderstorm at night on the unlit country roads that snake their way to Monroe's house in the woods; readers will feel her exhaustion but will be buoyed by her ever-present faith and fiery love. Pulitzer Prize winner Madeleine Blais writes that On the Outskirts of Normal is the "real deal: both a literary triumph and a triumph of the heart.""--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
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356752
Cataloging source
DLC
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Monroe, Debra
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Monroe, Debra
  • Monroe, Debra
  • Authors, American
  • Authors, American
  • Adoptive parents
  • Interracial adoption
  • Motherhood
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
  • Adoptive parents
  • Authors, American
  • Authors, American
  • Families
  • Interracial adoption
  • Motherhood
  • Texas
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
forging a family against the grain
Label
On the outskirts of normal : forging a family against the grain : [a memoir], Debra Monroe
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1488866
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780820349114
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015009078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780820349114
  • (OCoLC)915774201
Label
On the outskirts of normal : forging a family against the grain : [a memoir], Debra Monroe
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1488866
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780820349114
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2015009078
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780820349114
  • (OCoLC)915774201

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