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- DescriptionJean Ross Justice's Family Feeling, a vella and collection of stories, is a moving portrait of American domestic life of the last half-century. Often spanning generations, the stories are defined by subtle shifts in both family relationships and the ways in which we reconfigure them in memory and mind.
Many of the stories revolve around end-of-life scenes. An elderly man is visited by his middle-aged son's young second wife and child, whom the son has temporarily abandoned in order to tend to his dying ex-wife. A recently widowed woman faces a complicated relationship with a troubled home health-care worker who had been uncommonly kind to her dying husband. Four middle-aged siblings reconvene in their childhood home to attend to the death of their father and find themselves simultaneously children of, and parents to, their own parents.
The ubtrusive historical breadth of the stories is remarkable. Reflecting back to Depression-era southern America from the perspective of the early twenty-first century, the characters provide us with an intimate view of the changing cultural landscape of our country. Issues of class are t merely ideological here - they are fluid and intricate aspects of fate and of soul.
Justice's prose is characterised by quiet humour and attention to gesture. The deeply self-reflective and self-contained narrators offer us a window into issues of ageing and mortality that is real and rare. In the manner of Alice Munro or William Trevor, Jean Ross Justice's thought-driven fiction centres on pivotal moments of action or conversation that haunt - or reverberate - for decades.
- Author BiographyJean Ross Justice is the author of The End of a Good Party and Other Stories, published in 2008. Her stories have appeared in The Yale Review, The Antioch Review, Oxford American, Shenandoah and elsewhere. She and her three siblings, James Ross, Fred Ross and Eleanor Ross Taylor, grew up in rural North Carolina and all became writers. While attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, she met and married the poet Donald Justice. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
- Author(s)Jean Ross Justice
- PublisherUniversity of Iowa Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2014
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Series TitlePrairie Lights Books
- Place of PublicationIowa
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Iowa Press
- Weight227 g
- Width146 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine15 mm
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