On The Occasion Of My Last Afternoon
By Kaye Gibbons
* One woman's story of guilt and family secrets, this is Kaye Gibbons' first foray into historical fiction
Like America in the mid-nineteenth century, Emma Garnet Tate Lowell is at war with herself. Born to privilege on a grand plantation she grows up more and more aware that her family's prosperity is inextricably linked to the institution of slavery. As she looks back on her troubled childhood, her attempt to create the ideal happy home through marriage, and the war that destroyed the rhythm of all their days, so she begins the long journey towards her own reconstruction.
Kaye Gibbons lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and children.
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06 May 1999
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Despite the comings and goings of literary fashion, not much of real importance has changed since Horace said that our stories should aim to instruct and delight. Beginning with ELLEN FOSTER, Kaye Gibbons has achieved both on every page. And she does it again here, strikingly, in a novel abut the bright habits of mind required for survival - and the high price paid for living on — Charles Frazier, author of COLD MOUNTAIN
Gibbons has wrought a balanced and highly accessible novel...well constructed and provocative — THE TIMES
Gibbons writes with confidence and imagination about personalities and a time which she has made her own. — TLS
If there is a writer worthy to nominated the literary heir of Eudora Welty, Gibbons is that writer. — IRISH TIMES