By Alan Lightman
From the acclaimed writer of the foreign top vendor Einstein’s desires, here is a gorgeous, lyrical memoir of Memphis from the Nineteen Thirties in the course of the Sixties that incorporates the early days of the films and a strong grandfather whose ghost continues to be an ever-present strength within the lives of his descendants.
Alan Lightman’s grandfather M.A. Lightman was once the family’s undisputed patriarch: it was once his movie show empire that catapulted the Lightmans to prominence within the South, his fearless good fortune that either galvanized and paralyzed his teenagers and grandchildren. during this relocating, impressionistic memoir, the writer chronicles his go back to Memphis in an try and comprehend the origins he so eagerly left in the back of 40 years prior. As getting older uncles and aunts commence telling kinfolk tales, Lightman rediscovers his southern roots and slowly acknowledges the blunders in his perceptions of either his grandfather and his father, who was once himself beaten by way of M.A. the result's an unforgettable relatives saga that extends from 1880 to the current, set opposed to a throbbing century of Memphis—the rhythm and blues, the fish fry and pecan pie, the segregated society—and together with own encounters with Elvis, Martin Luther King Jr., and E. H. “Boss” Crump. on the center of all of it is a relations haunted by means of the reminiscence of its domineering patriarch and the author’s fight to appreciate his conflicted loyalties.
(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)