American Elegy: A Family Memoir
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American Elegy: A Family Memoir

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small Pennsylvania town has been written by the last member of that family in prose that has been called brilliant and transporting. Fluidly moving across the hopes and struggles of many generations, American Elegy blossoms as Jeffrey Simpson works to reconcile the avalanche of the past with his own life far away from his home town.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Dutton Adult
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The Other Gaffron Girl
I live in Parnassus, the neighborhood of New Kensington featured in this book. I actually live on the same street that most of the main characters lived on a century ago.
I gave this book three stars because I am offended that at the end of the book the author concluded that the neighborhood is now dead. This isn't true. Parnassus is actually a thriving neighborhood. Lots of young families with kids now own homes here. I got the feeling that the author was now too good for our neighborhood, and...more
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