Farewell : a memoir of a Texas childhood
Call Number: Grand Depository: PS3511.O344 Z468 1999
In 1917, when Horton Foote was one year old, his family moved into a house on his grandparents' property in Wharton, Texas. Seventy years later, he returned to that house where he still lives. And while the years between took this acclaimed writer many literal & figurative miles, he remained forever tied to his Texas roots - roots that he explores in Farewell. The results reveals memories of a complex Southern family full of secrets, an aspiring young actor shaped by the storytellers around him, a world changing at a frenetic pace. Foote's observations of his own lifetime would have been enough. Here is a man who remembers a time in which black & white children played together until school age, when segregation forced them apart. But by drawing on the experiences of those around him, he transforms his memoir into some-thing else entirely: a glimpse into history, & a heartfelt tribute to the passions, ideals, & complexities of a small-town American life in the early part of this century. It is also a testimony to the power of storytelling. There is a frank simplicity in Foote's telling that makes Farewell a profoundly moving & illuminating reading experience, one that will long be remembered.