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- DescriptionThis deeply felt memoir is a journey through family history, feminist insight, and southern mythology. In it a daughter reflects on the complicated and volatile love she and her father shared. Shirley Jean Abbott grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in the 1940s and 50s and was the beloved daughter of Alfred Bemont Abbott, affectionately kwn as aHat.a Hat wasnat a bookmaker in the literary sense, even though he allowed Shirleyas mother to believe as much while they were dating. Rather, his craft was gambling, and his business was horse racing. Despite the corruption, which put food on the table and rabbit coats in the closet, Abbott remembers the kind and attentive father who spent nights reading to her. He alone is responsible for opening the door to a world of language and literature for her. And she ran with it. Against her fatheras wishes, after graduation she headed for New York City. In the end, the girl he had nurtured into an independent and intelligent young woman had outgrown the small town where she grew up. The Bookmakeras Daughter was originally published by Tickr and Fields in 1992 and was a Book of the Month Club selection.
- Author BiographyShirley Abbott lives in Manhattan and works as a freelance writer and editor. She is also the author of Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South and Love s Apprentice: The Romantic Education of a Modern Woman. In 2005 she was awarded the Porter Fund Literary Prize, presented annually to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition.
- Author(s)Shirley Abbott
- PublisherUniversity of Arkansas Press
- Date of Publication15/03/2006
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationFayetteville
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arkansas Press
- Weight431 g
- Width142 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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