Brighten the Corner Where You Are: A Novel (The Kirkman Family Cycle #2) (Paperback)

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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.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312050573
ISBN-10: 0312050577
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: August 15th, 1990
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: The Kirkman Family Cycle