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- DescriptionNational Book Award Finalist From the dazzlingly original Pulitzer Prize-winning poet hailed for her extraordinary range and ambition ( The New York Times Book Review ): a quietly potent memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. The youngest of five children, Tracy K. Smith was raised with limitless affection and a firm belief in God by a stay-at-home mother and an engineer father. But just as Tracy is about to leave home for college, her mother is diagsed with cancer, a condition she accepts as part of God s plan. Ordinary Light is the story of a young woman struggling to fashion her own understanding of belief, loss, history, and what it means to be black in America. In lucid, clear prose, Smith interrogates her childhood in suburban California, her first collision with independence at Harvard, and her Alabama-bornparents recollections oftheir own youth in theCivil Rights era. These dizzying juxtapositions of her family s past, her own comfortable present, and the promise of her future will in due course compel Tracy to act on her passions for love and ecstatic possibility, and her desire to become a writer. Shot through with exquisite lyricism, wry humor, and an acute awareness of the beauty of everyday life, Ordinary Light is a gorgeous kaleidoscope of self and family, one that skillfully combines a child s and teenager s perceptions with adult retrospection. Here is a universal story of being and becoming, a classic portrait of the ways we find and lose ourselves amid the places we call home.
- Author BiographyTRACY K. SMITH is the author of three acclaimed books of poetry, including most recently Life on Mars, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Notable Book, a New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, and a New Yorker, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A professor of creative writing at Princeton University, she lives in Princeton with her family.
- Author(s)Tracy K Smith
- PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
- Date of Publication31/03/2015
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKnopf Publishing Group
- Weight544 g
- Width132 mm
- Height211 mm
- Spine38 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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