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  • Author:
    Tim Page,Dawn Powell
  • ISBN:
    1883642434
  • ISBN13:
    978-1883642433
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  • Publisher:
    Steerforth; Reprint edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Pages:
    295 pages
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Although this is fiction, it is her most autobiographical work. I was deeply moved by the portrayal of her childhood in Ohio. I feel this book compares favorably to other poignant stories of childhood such as Angela's Ashes and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Readers not familiar with Powell’s work can easily enjoy this autobiographical novel on several levels. The childlike observations expressed with adult sensibility are delightful even if you know nothing of Powell. Powell’s recreation of 1900s Midwestern life reminds us of a more rugged, more self-sufficient, and harsher America.

John Updike has compared Powell with My Home is Far Away is the most precisely autobiographical of Powell’s fifteen novels.

Dawn Powell was in the midst of writing one of her finest satires, A Time to Be Born, when she contracted a. .

Dawn Powell was in the midst of writing one of her finest satires, A Time to Be Born, when she contracted a fever that brought childhood memories back so vividly. In this family chronicle set in turn-of-the-century Ohio, and the most autobiographical of Powell's novels, young Marcia Willard's family struggles to keep up with the changing times and Marcia endures disillusionment and cruelty to forge a survivor s sense of independence.

An Autobiographical Novel. By Dawn Powell Foreword by Tim Page. By 1941, when Powell set to work on My Home Is Far Away, she was better known for the smart, boozy, bawdy, hilarious send-ups of Manhattan high and low life. Category: Literary Fiction. She had begun to attain a reputation for high sophistication and nothing could be less sophisticated – in the glittering, all-knowing, furiously present-tense, big-city manner Powell had perfected – than My Home Is Far Away.

Powell later gave her childhood fictional form in the novel My Home Is Far Away (1944). Dawn Powell At Her Best, ed. Tim Page. Dawn Powell papers at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University, New York, NY. After graduation, she moved to Manhattan. South Royalton, V. Steerforth Press. The Diaries of Dawn Powell, 1931–1965, ed. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell, 1913–1965, ed. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Company.

This book is an autobiographical novel about her childhood in Ohio, early in the 20th century, which was primarily shaped by her deadbeat father and his antics. It's a really neat snapshot of daily life during this time (for BT folks, she's almost an exact contemporary of MHL) and Powell creates great little character sketches of just about everyone, even the most minor people in the story. She can really create a scene out of almost nothing, it's impressive

My Home Is Far Away (1944), the last of Powell’s novels set in Ohio, is a fictionalized memoir of Powell’s difficult . Dawn Powell: Novels 1944–1962 is kept in print by a gift from D. Ronald Daniel and Lise Scott to the Guardians of American Letters Fund.

My Home Is Far Away (1944), the last of Powell’s novels set in Ohio, is a fictionalized memoir of Powell’s difficult childhood. With The Locusts Have No King (1948), the story of a scholar’s unexpected brush with the temptations of celebrity and riches, Powell resumed her lifelong dissection of New York’s pretensions and glamour.

Dawn Powell (Powell, Dawn). used books, rare books and new books. Dawn Powell at LibraryThing. Results page: 1 2 NEXT. Find all books by 'Dawn Powell' and compare prices Find signed collectible books by 'Dawn Powell'. ISBN 9780679726876 (978-0-679-72687-6) Softcover, Vintage, 1990. Find signed collectible books: 'Golden Spur'. My Home Is Far Away: An Autobiographical Novel: ISBN 9781883642433 (978-1-883642-43-3) Softcover, Steerforth, 1998. Published June 1, 1998 by Zoland Books. THIS WAS THE MONTH of cherries and peaches, of green apples beyond the grape arbor, of little dandelion ghosts in the grass, of sour grass and four-leaf clovers, of still dry heat holding the smell of nasturtiums and dying lilacs.

My Home Is Far Away (1944), the last of Powell's novels set in Ohio, is a fictionalized memoir of Powell's difficult childhood

My Home Is Far Away (1944), the last of Powell's novels set in Ohio, is a fictionalized memoir of Powell's difficult childhood. With The Locusts Have No King (1948), the story of a scholar's unexpected brush with the temptations of celebrity and riches, Powell resumed her lifelong dissection of New York's pretensions and glamour.

My Home is Far Away is the most precisely autobiographical of Powell’s fifteen novels. In this family chronicle set in early twentieth century Ohio, young Marcia Willard’ s family struggles to keep up with the rapidly changing times, and Marcia endures disillusionment, cruelty, and betrayal to forge a survivor’s sense of independence. John Updike has compared Powell with Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, “and those other Midwestern writers who felt something epic in the national shift from rural to urban, from provincial sequestration to metropolitan liberation.” By 1941, when Powell set to work on My Home Is Far Away, she was better known for the smart, boozy, bawdy, hilarious send-ups of Manhattan high and low life. She had begun to attain a reputation for high sophistication and nothing could be less “sophisticated” – in the glittering, all-knowing, furiously present-tense, big-city manner Powell had perfected – than My Home Is Far Away.This was the month of cherries and peaches, of green apples beyond the grape arbor, of little dandelion ghosts in the grass, of sour grass and four-leaf clovers, of still dry heat holding the smell of nasturtiums and dying lilacs. This was the best month of all and the best day. It was not birthday, Easter, Christmas, or picnic, but all these things and something else, something wonderful, something utterly unknown. The two little girls in embroidered white Sunday dresses knew no way to express their secret joy but by whirling each other dizzily over the lawn crying, “We’re moving, we’re moving! We’re moving to London Junction!” My Home Is Far Away is one of the very few examples of a book written for adults, with an adult command of the language, that maintains the vantage point of a hungry, serious child throughout. It might be likened to a memoir that has been penned not with the usual tranquility of distance but rather with the sense that everything happening to the characters is happening right now, without any promise of eventual escape, without any assurance that childhood, too, shall pass away. My Home is Far Away had been out of print for sixty years when Steerforth reissued it in 1995. It received immediate widespread acclaim, and was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review.

Painshade
This book is written as a novel, but it's pretty autobiographical. It's written from a small child's point of view at the beginning, gradually becoming more complex as the child grows. It ends when the main character runs away from home, if you could call it that, as a teenager.

The book is compelling. I stayed up until 4 AM to finish it. I wouldn't call it great literature, but the main characters are depicted very well. Although the children experienced extreme neglect after their mother's death, there is a sense that most of it was because of fecklessness rather than malice. The stepmother is the only character who has no redeeming traits. The children's inexorable descent from the middle class to the ragamuffin class is harrowing.

The description of life in the midwest at the beginning of the 20th century is one of the strong points of the book.
Saberblade
This is one of my favorite books that I have ever read. Some of the charm it held for me may be that it describes life in towns in the North part of Ohio, and I grew up in Toledo, Ohio. Powell's narrative of events and places made me feel like I could imagine my own ancestors experiences in this part of the country. I think that the times were the times of my grandparents, and great grandparents.

The telling of the sequence of events showed the differences between daily life of the late 1800s-early 1900s and our own time in a way that changed my consciousness of those times, so near, so different, and so expository of the attitudes and personalities of my own grandparents. There is a lot of hardship, by today's standards, but it seemed to be taken as a matter of course in the times.

The personalities and foibles, concerns and coping mechanisms of the characters, at the same time, were so recognizable in the people and lives I know today. Dawn Powell's story, and Dawn Powell's way of telling her story, have stayed with me for many years after having read the book.
Tinavio
An overlooked classic. Blown away by how well the author balanced keeping a child's viewpoint in the narration yet as the reader, it was clear as day the horribleness that was happening...so restrained, painful to read...I don't want to say too much but HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Mikale
Dawn Powell is one of my favorite authors and this is my favorite of her books . Although this is fiction, it is her most autobiographical work. I was deeply moved by the portrayal of her childhood in Ohio. I feel this book compares favorably to other poignant stories of childhood such as Angela's Ashes and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
I highly recommend "My Home Is Far Away".
Quemal
Touching. Educational. Humorous. Written by a woman with a keen observation of children and adults character traits. A period piece about motherless children at the mercy of grownups.
LadyShlak
Read this for my book club. It will generate an interesting conversation about families, gender and the needs of children.
ℓo√ﻉ
One word: "Sad." I'm required to write a certain numbe of words. Why, when one word describes my feelings on the book...
Wish I they hadn't re-released it, and I wish I hadn't bought it. A friend suggested it, but she received FREE as a Kindle promotion.