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The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered
A subtle and lyrical memoir of childhood in Fort Worth, Texas in 1963, exploring how the events, friendships, and losses of his childhood while painting a portrait of America in the 1960s.
When JFK stepped onto the tarmac in Fort Worth on November 22, 1963, he was greeted by, among others, an 11-year-old Benjamin Taylor and his mother, waiting to shake his hand. Only a few hours later, Taylor’s teacher called the class in from recess and, through tears, told them of the president’s assassination. From there, Taylor traces a path through the following months, the love and tension within his family, the childhood friendships that lasted and those that didn’t; exploring with lucid and thoughtful prose the experiences of one childhood as it bears on the larger American story.
Benjamin Taylor is one of the most talented writers working today, his first novel won the Harold Ribalow Prize, and his second was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick and an LA Times Notable Book. With an attentiveness to life’s ironies, great and small, he extends the story of a year to the whole of his life, as he writes, “[A]ny twelve months could stand for the whole. Our years are so implicated in one another that the least important is important enough…Any year I chose would show the same mettle, the same frailties stamping me at eleven and twelve.”
Publish Date: 05/23/2017
ISBN: 9780143131649, 0143131648