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On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon by Kaye Gibbons
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"If we could not escape from horror into the realm of the bizarre, we would drown."

Gibbons' narrator, Emma Garnet, could not escape the realm of horror. Her harsh upbringing in the years prior to the Civil War were presided over by her tyrant and irrational father. She escapes by marrying her soul mate, a Northern educated doctor.

She sees those she loves most taken by death or war or both.

Ultimately, she does triumph by focusing on her good works.

Sometimes I felt that Emma was a bit insipid in her narration but you hear and see her perspective change, especially as she spends her final days writing and continuing her philanthropic work from her desk.

I'm not sure this is the classic that I was lead to believe, but I would recommend it to others.
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Reading Progress

February 6, 2019 – Started Reading
February 6, 2019 – Shelved
February 6, 2019 –
page 41
15.02%
February 8, 2019 –
page 98
35.9%
February 9, 2019 – Finished Reading

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