9781571313867-1571313869-The Blessing: A Memoir

The Blessing: A Memoir

ISBN-13: 9781571313867
ISBN-10: 1571313869
Edition: Reprint
Author: Orr, Gregory
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Format: Paperback 256 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781571313867
ISBN-10: 1571313869
Edition: Reprint
Author: Orr, Gregory
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Format: Paperback 256 pages

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Acknowledged authors Orr, Gregory wrote The Blessing: A Memoir comprising 256 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1571313869 and 9781571313867. Since then The Blessing: A Memoir textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.61 or rent at the marketplace.

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Hailed on its original publication as "eloquent testimony to the engaging power of art in a man's life" (Washington Post), this deeply moving memoir, long out of print, is reissued with an illuminating new afterword. When acclaimed poet Gregory Orr was twelve years old, he shot and killed his brother in a hunting accident. From the immediate aftermath―a period of shock, sadness, and isolation―it quickly became clear that support and guidance would not be coming from his distant mother. Nor would it come from his father, a philandering country doctor addicted to amphetamines. Left to his own devices, the boy suffered.

Guilt weighed on him throughout a childhood split between the rural Hudson Valley and jungles of Haiti. As a young man, his feelings and a growing sense of idealism prompted him to activism in the civil rights movement, where he marched and was imprisoned, and then scarred again by a terrifying abduction. Eventually, Orr’s experiences led him to understand that art, particularly poetry, could work as a powerful source of healing and meaning to combat the trauma he carried.

Throughout The Blessing, Orr articulates his journey in language as lyrical as it is authentic, gifting us all with a singular tale of survival, and of the transformation of suffering into art.
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