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The Resource A family place : a man returns to the center of his life, Charles Gaines

A family place : a man returns to the center of his life, Charles Gaines

Label
A family place : a man returns to the center of his life
Title
A family place
Title remainder
a man returns to the center of his life
Statement of responsibility
Charles Gaines
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Once in a while a book comes along that can actually change our lives. In A Family Place, Charles Gaines has given us such a book, a beautifully written, moving chronicle about fatherhood and family, marriage and love, and what it means to create a "family place"--A home. In the summer of 1990, writer Charles Gaines and his artist wife, Patricia, bought 160 acres of wild land on the northeast coast of Nova Scotia. They believed they were simply buying a remote getaway spot; but within a few months a more complex dream for the property developed. By mid-winter, they had begun to see the land as a place where family intimacy might be reclaimed; as a home that might heal their recently battered thirty-year marriage; and as an opportunity to take on a big, risky, long-term project instead of settling into the caution and gradual losses of middle-class middle age. Enlisting their children and their daughter's carpenter boyfriend, they decided to build a cabin on the land the following summer, to build it with their own hands, as a family venture. A Family Place gracefully mixes a narrative of that summer's sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking events with passages of the family's history that show its members as real people and dramatize what is at stake for each of them in Nova Scotia. Gaines describes the process of building a cabin while living in tents without electricity or running water, and the pleasures and limitations of a life so simplified that a week's biggest social event is a bonfire. He draws a deft portrait of the small, generous, hearth-centered Acadian community of farmers and lobster fishermen surrounding their land, and traces the history of that land to its original French-Acadian owner. And he tracks the mood of his family through the long, difficult summer, from initial enthusiasm to near mutiny and finally to the exhilaration and deep satisfaction of having built something that will last, and having rebuilt the family in the process. A Family Place is a family adventure story. It is also the moving love story of a middle-aged couple, married for thirty years, who rediscover each other. And, finally, it is a story about building and starting over from scratch - a transfiguring story of personal and familial regeneration
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gaines, Charles
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3557.A353
LC item number
Z467 1994
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gaines, Charles
  • Novelists, American
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia
Label
A family place : a man returns to the center of his life, Charles Gaines
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223033160483
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
195 p.
Isbn
9780871135605
Lccn
93028569
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
28508063
Label
A family place : a man returns to the center of his life, Charles Gaines
Publication
Bar code
31223033160483
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
195 p.
Isbn
9780871135605
Lccn
93028569
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
28508063

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