In the gathering woods
2000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Winner Selected by Frank Conroy
In the Gathering Woods contains a cast of characters who hail from the same Italian ancestors, but whose stories come at us unbounded by time and space. The book opens early in the twentieth century, with a narrator's boyhood recollections of gathering mushrooms with his grandfather--a narrator who seems still haunted by a terrifying local legend that tormented him as a boy. We skip backward to a young shepherd-artist in the Apennine mountains in the 1500s, who yearns to be discovered, as Giotto was. Later, a preverbal baby accumulates bits of the conversation carried on by adults at the table above her head; a neurologist from Chicago returns to the Apennines to deposit shards of glass at a grave.
Whether they speak in the lost dialect of an immigrant, of infancy, or of an adolescent girl's school lessons, these stories call up fragments of language in a struggle to understand and attempt to console through the act of reassembling. The language of these stories is both lyrical and comic, providing insight through the details of Bernardi's writing.
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|full_title||in the gathering woods|
|author||Bernardi, Adria, 1957-|
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|owning_library_basalt||Basalt Regional Library|
|record_details||ils:.b15574684|Book|Books||Unknown|University of Pittsburgh Press,||244 pages ; 22 cm.|
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|subject_facet||Italians in literature, Short stories|
|title_display||In the gathering woods|
|title_full||In the gathering woods / Adria Bernardi|
|title_short||In the gathering woods|
|topic_facet||Italians in literature|