Two or Three Things I Know for Sure

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure

Book - 1996
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Bastard Out of Carolina , nominated for the 1992 National Book Award for fiction, introduced Dorothy Allison as one of the most passionate and gifted writers of her generation. Now, in Two or Three Things I Know for Sure , she takes a probing look at her family's history to give us a lyrical, complex memoir that explores how the gossip of one generation can become legends for the next.

Illustrated with photographs from the author's personal collection, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure tells the story of the Gibson women -- sisters, cousins, daughters, and aunts -- and the men who loved them, often abused them, and, nonetheless, shared their destinies. With luminous clarity, Allison explores how desire surprises and what power feels like to a young girl as she confronts abuse.

As always, Dorothy Allison is provocative, confrontational, and brutally honest. Two or Three Things I Know for Sure , steeped in the hard-won wisdom of experience, expresses the strength of her unique vision with beauty and eloquence.
Publisher: New York : Plume, [1996], c1995
ISBN: 9780452273405
Branch Call Number: 812.54 Allis
Characteristics: 94 p. : ill


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Apr 14, 2017

This slim little book can be knocked out in nothing flat, but it's rich enough in detail, profundity, and raw emotion to stick in your mind for the rest of your life. This is an excellent piece of women's rhetoric that discusses Dorothy Allison's life (no knowledge of Dorothy Allison is required to appreciate this book), life in the south, poverty, rape, gender constructs, and the social significance of beauty. Dorothy's voice is so beautiful and relevant that you will not want to put this book down.

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