My Home Is Far Away

My Home Is Far Away

Book - 1995
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In this family chronicle set in turn-of-the-century Ohio, and the most autobiographical of Powell's novels, young Marcia Willard's family struggles to keep up with the changing times and Marcia endures disillusionment and cruelty to forge a survivor s sense of independence. One of the very few examples of a book written for adults, with an adult command of the language, that maintains the vantage point of a hungry, serious child throughout.
Publisher: South Royalton, Vt. : Steerforth Press, [1995].
ISBN: 9781883642433
1883642434
Branch Call Number: POWEL
Characteristics: xv, 319 p. ; 22 cm.

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vv9
Dec 20, 2015

The author's memoir, presented in the form of fiction. Dawn Powell ran away at 13 years old, after years of mistreatment at the hands of her stepmother. Powell tells a good story, as horrible as it turns out to be. Although she is a respected writer, most of her acclaim came posthumously, and the thirteen year old runaway never quite got her due.
An interesting piece of literary history.

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DorisWaggoner
Oct 24, 2014

This autobiographical novel, long out of print until reissued, is unlike most of Powell's books, which are sophisticated and urban. From the viewpoint of a young child in rural early 20th c. OH, Marcia Willard endures moves, poverty, cruelty, and just enough love from the right people to sustain her as she grows up. The voice of the young child is sustained throughout, full of longing for that childhood home she remembers so vividly. A winner.

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