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Two or Three Things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison
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Aug 15, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir
Read from August 21 to 28, 2012

I love how Dorothy Allison gives voice to all those vague and unsettling fears anyone has when stepping out of a stigmatized home region or class of ancestry (though hers step is of a greater magnitude than mine.) As a person who lives in a rural area between a mill town and a small Southern city with some degree of old money still around, the tensions and the photos look very familiar to me. And I love her fighting spirit. When I read her novel I was pretty burned out on the genre of child abuse narratives so popular with the literary crowd, but this memoir shows that she has refused to let such a past define her. I've always thought it very sad that a few of the first 20 years of a person's life could become so important it would overshadow the next twenty, thirty, forty years.

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