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Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You: Stories (1996)

de Fred Chappell

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"Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You begins in a room made cool by the approach of death, where an old woman and her grieving daughter are saying good-bye in silent, urgent conversation. In the next room, Jess Kirkman waits with his father, remembering the tales his grandmother and mother have passed down - an inheritance rich in language and music and imaginative teaching, told by women to a young man who will one day find such wisdom needful." "Each tale builds and weaves in a counterplay as intricate as that of fiddle and banjo. Jess recalls "The Fisherwoman," "The Traveling Woman," "The Feistiest Woman," "The Silent Woman," "The Wind Woman," and others, in a range of ghost to detective to comic to love stories. As he tells, he comes to understand the special knowledge of the women and the place that made him: a mountain land where myth becomes history, language makes song, and time seems to pause at a certain point at dusk, when the moon casts deeper shadows than the sun."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (més)
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This novel is actually a series of short stories tied together by a grandmother's death and a grandson's and daughter's memories. The stories are about simple people who are much more complex than they seem. This is an enjoyable read, one that brought back fond memories for me. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Feb 2, 2013 |
Although the cover says “a novel,” Farewell, I’m Bound to Leave You is really a collection of loosely connected short stories, bound together by a strong sense of place — the small mountain hamlets of North Carolina.

In the opening, Jess Kirkman’s grandmother lies dying in the back bedroom, with her daughter by her side. Jess and his father have been banished to the front room, and in the silence of their waiting, Jess recalls the stories his grandmother and mother have told him over the years. The stories are all about women and aspects of being a woman, reflected in their titles: “The Feistiest Woman,” “The Helpinest Woman,” “The Remembering Women,” and so on. While many of the stories are about death, they are all about the love of women — particularly the love women have for one another.

Chappell’s stories remind us that he is best-known as a poet, as his writing has a simple but lyrical quality that precisely evokes the places and people he describes. One of my favorite stories, “The Wind Woman,” reads like a dream and is about the process of creation itself, in which we learn that young Jess is a writer and is collecting these old stories in order to save them. The other stories range from funny to horrific to tragic, but they share an appreciation for the strength and beauty of women. ( )
  sturlington | Mar 2, 2010 |
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"Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You begins in a room made cool by the approach of death, where an old woman and her grieving daughter are saying good-bye in silent, urgent conversation. In the next room, Jess Kirkman waits with his father, remembering the tales his grandmother and mother have passed down - an inheritance rich in language and music and imaginative teaching, told by women to a young man who will one day find such wisdom needful." "Each tale builds and weaves in a counterplay as intricate as that of fiddle and banjo. Jess recalls "The Fisherwoman," "The Traveling Woman," "The Feistiest Woman," "The Silent Woman," "The Wind Woman," and others, in a range of ghost to detective to comic to love stories. As he tells, he comes to understand the special knowledge of the women and the place that made him: a mountain land where myth becomes history, language makes song, and time seems to pause at a certain point at dusk, when the moon casts deeper shadows than the sun."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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