Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 1: I will go to Boston

From Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies:

So picture me, Silvaney, if you will. I want you to see me plain. It is spring and skittery sunshiny day, I stand on the river bridge already missing my sweetie whose gone to the war, the river spews and boils like Genevas coffee, the wind blows hard and a bugle call comes across the river from the Army camp. I wear a dead womans pretty locket, I am free to come and go as I please. I will go to Boston and see what there is to see. Yet always I will be bound to you my love and my heart and I will come back for you one day soon and take you back to the mountain.


sherylmonks said...

Lee Smith is amazing.

Kathy Waller said...

Fair and Tender Ladies is supreme joy. Fancy Strut is a different kind, with Miss Iona mincing down the sidewalk, carrying her purse before her, just like my great-aunt V.

Encouragement: 84 Charing Cross Road joy: Helene Hanff receiving book after book from Marks & Co., and the bookstore staff serving tinned ham and real eggs she sent them during post-war rationing.

Susan Woodring said...

Sheryl, I've copied this Lee Smith jewel in every writer's notebook I've carried since I was nineteen years old. I just love it.

Susan Woodring said...

Kathy, THANK YOU!!

By the way, I miss your blog. I hope you haven't been posting because you've been so busy on your novel?

Kathy Waller said...

You're welcome. Thank you for missing my blog, and for your generous assumption that I might be busy on my novel. Said novel, which is really a great big pile of disjointed scenes plus twenty pages of a real draft, and I are estranged at the moment, my fault of course. In a burst of general cussedness, I've snubbed the blogs as well. But since you've noticed the absence...Thanks for an amazingly pleasant kick in the pants.

Jessie Carty said...

I read this book when I was in high school and I feel so in love with the book. It is still one of my absolute favorites!!

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