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Driving with Dvorak: Essays on Memory and Identity
by Fleda Brown
All our lives are made of moments, both simple and sublime, all of which in some way partake of the cultural moment. Fleda Brown is that rare writer who, in narrating the incidents and observations of her life, turns her story, by wit and insight and a poet’s gift, into something more. This is an unconventional memoir. A series of lyrical essays about life in a maddeningly ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published 2010)
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For the majority of Driving with Dvorak, a collection of memoir essays by Fleda Brown, the style is clear with a smart and snappy wit. I related closely to her dark-humored, self-depreciating style. It’s similar to the voice I use in much of my story and blog writing (thankfully, they are much different beasts). Brown is a self-described lyric essay-writer, and her varying stories gave good examples of her take on the form. There were the braided essays: some braiding facts or research against ...more
Fleda Brown’s prose is as lyrical as her poetry. It rises and falls as she describes, through a series of essays, a lifelong attempt to connect with her father. The cabin in Michigan which is a feature of much of her poetry is also a mainstay in the essays. This cabin is an apt metaphor for Brown’s family. Brown writes with a gentle yet determined grace that makes even the most difficult topic of these essays a joy to read. Her poetry is rich with perfect word choices, and so is her prose.