A dark, well-written slice of Southern life. A slim book--only 94 pages--this was a National Book Award finalist.
From Publishers Weekly
Allison\'s much-praised novel Bastard Out of Carolina was inspired by her childhood in Greenville, South Carolina, but in this memoir, adapted from a performance piece, she cuts even closer to the bone. \"We don\'t have a family Bible?\" the author\'s fourth-grade self asks her aunt. \"Child, some days we don\'t even have a family,\" comes the response. If Allison suffered horrors--notably rape by her stepfather when she was five-- she has transmuted pain into stories, gaining control with maturity. Indeed, her title prefaces several hard-won aphorisms she uses to counterpoint her memories: \"No one is as hard as my uncles had to pretend to be.\" Her mother was a beauty, as was her sister, but Dorothy, smart and plain, felt a legacy of ugliness, one she shook off slowly as her feminism and her heart led her to lesbian relationships, often painful, finally rewarding. She is now, in her 40s, a new mother, and her stories--and life--are a triumph of love over cruelty. Read it aloud and savor the rhythms.
By far one of the best books I have read in a long time!
I cannot remember ever having read something so poignant, and lyrical. It was developed through live readings and this book has the presence of a performance. Not only because of the use of the refrain "two or three things I know for sure...." but also because it's interspersed with images. It was very moving and touching. I read Bastard out of Carolina and realized after reading Two or Three Things that she wrote about many personal experiences in that book, which is what made it so good.
Touching Memoir that brings back memories of reading Bastard Out of Carolina
one of the best books i've read
Quick read by quite a good memoir