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The lost landscape : a writer's coming of age

by Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- (Author)

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A chronicle of the author's hardscrabble childhood in rural western New York State describes the family members, first friendships, and early experiences with death that shaped her literary career. Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Author's note
  • We Begin
  • Mommy & Me
  • Happy Chicken: 1942-1944
  • Discovering Alice: 1947
  • District School #7, Niagara County, New York
  • Piper Cub
  • After Black Rock
  • Sunday Drive
  • Fred's Signs
  • "They All Just Went Away"
  • "Where Had God Gone"
  • Headlights: The First Death
  • "The Brush"
  • An Unsolved Mystery: The Lost Friend
  • "Start Your Own Business!"
  • The Lost Sister: An Elegy
  • Nighthawk: Recollections of a Lost Time
  • Detroit: Lost City 1962-1968
  • Story Into Film: "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" and Smooth Talk
  • Photo Shoot: West Eleventh Street, NYC, March 6, 1970
  • Food Mysteries
  • Facts, Visions, Mysteries: My Father Frederic Oates, November 1988
  • A Letter to My Mother Carolina on Here Seventy-Eighth Birthday, November 8, 1994
  • "When I Was a Little Girl And My Mother Didn't Want Me"
  • Excerpt, Telephone Conversation with My Father Frederic Oates, May 1999
  • The Long Romance
  • My Mother's Quilts
  • Afterword.