Literary Nonfiction. A memoir that takes the reader on a metaphorical journey of traumatic events cast in a psychological trajectory that begins with questions of death and ends in emotional consolation. Guided by a symbolic map of meaning, Sprengnether relays compelling memories of family, friends, and dramatic historical events."In this sequel to Crying at the Movies Sprengnether confronts the moment of recognition when 'solidly middle aged' moves forward to the uncharted territory of aging and mortality. Wise, intimate, profound, we travel with her along the Great River Road as she charts her spiritual autobiography. Through the lens of her daughter's wedding, her visit to Tintern Abbey, and her long journey to the place where her father died, we are priveleged to share in her reflections both spiritual and quotidian."—Sybil Houlding, faculty, Western New England Institute for PsychoanalysisThis publication is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.
Madelon Sprengnether is a poet, memoirist, and literary critic. She is Regents Professor of English at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches poetry, theory, and creative nonfiction. Sprengnether is the author of two books of poetry: The Normal Heart, which won the Minnesota Voices competition in the early 1980s, and THE ANGEL OF DULUTH; three memoirs, Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams, Crying at the Movies, and GREAT RIVER ROAD: MEMOIR AND MEMORY (New Rivers Press, 2015), in addition to numerous works of feminist psychoanalytic criticism. She also co-edited a collection of travel essays by women titled The House on Via Gombito.Author City: MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA