By Robert Pack, Jay Parini
Greater than 3 dozen voices provide varied expressions of the dynamic interplay among tradition and the yank realization, and lots of solutions to the query of the way to "construct a 'self' from the fabrics of lifestyles in our contentious and sometimes incoherent culture."
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Down the street, curtains fell back; blinds, slanted opened, closed. Scott swept her walk as if it had just been dirtied. Then the Irish piano commenced downward scales as if tracking the plummeting real estate. One by one I imagined the houses sinking into their lawns, the grass grown wild and tall in the past tense of this continent before the first foreigners owned any of this free country. Page 5 Chicago Highbrow James Atlas Sun poured through the double glass doors, but the air-conditioned lobby of the Piser Memorial Chapel chilled my skin as I came in out of the heat of a Chicago June.
Here's James, Mother. " He straightened the flowers in a vase. My grandmother's eyes were like cloudy marbles. I stared at the slack webbed skin between her fingers. There was a sour smell in the room. " my father said in a cheerful voice. Tears Page 7 started from my eyes. I ran out the door and down the corridor, past old women sitting with their hands in their laps. Out on the street, it was summer, and the odor of roses in a flower bed on the lawn mingled with a spew of bus exhaust. I pounded down the sidewalk toward the lake, a block away, and collapsed on a bench.
In the 1950s one lived in the suburbs, so that was where my parents had gone to liveuntil the day my father arrived home from work after an hour's drive through rush-hour traffic and stood out on the back porch, briefcase in hand, surveying the yard. It needed mowing, and the hedge was overgrown. I had forgotten to move the sprinkler; the lawn was as sodden as a rice paddy. My father's collar was damp with sweat. "We're moving," he said. " A week later, he bought a plot of land in Evanston, just north of Chicago and only a few yards from Lake Michigan, across from a row of wine-colored-brick apartment houses that curved around the crescent shape of Sheridan Square.
American Identities: Contemporary Multicultural Voices (Bread Loaf Anthology) by Robert Pack, Jay Parini