Brighten the Corner Where You Are: A Novel (The Kirkman Family Cycle #2) (Paperback)
Other Books in Series
This is book number 2 in the The Kirkman Family Cycle series.
This story of a day in the life of Joe Robert Kirkman, a North Carolina mountain schoolteacher, sly prankster, country philosopher, and family man, won the hearts of readers and reviewers across the country.
About the Author
Fred Chappell is the award-winning author of more than twenty books of poetry and fiction, including I Am One of You Forever, Brighten the Corner Where You Are, and Look Back All the Green Valley. He has received many major prizes, including the Bollingen Prize in Poetry from Yale University and the Award in Literature from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He lives with his wife, Susan in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“Deeply felt, warm, and funny . . . a wonderful tale, one full of wild humor and humanity.” —The Los Angeles Times
“The resonantly lyrical novel enchants us . . . we are lifted to a height of exhilaration few current writers can take us to.” —New York Newsday
“Brighten washes you with language. Reading it is like leaping into one of those streams in the middle of nowhere where everything is green and our childhoods wait to reclaim something lost, something astoundingly simple as joy.” —Charlotte Observer
“A raconteur of extraordinary gifts, Chappell fluidly spins mountain yarns, weaning spellbinding myths, hypnotic dreams, hilarious dialogue and unforgettable characters into the warp and weft of a funny, poignant and very human story.” —Orlando Sentinel
“At once lyrical and plainspoken, relentlessly funny and, at crucial moments, breathlessly sad . . . Brighten the Corner Were You Are is Fred Chappell's finest work so far and thus--I have been reading and writing and waiting forty years to say this--it's a blooming masterpiece.” —George Garrett