In this Book

buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary
2000 Drue Heinz Literature Prize Winner. 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. In the Gathering Woods
  2. pp. 1-31
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Waiting for Giotto
  2. pp. 32-65
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Child Carrier
  2. pp. 66-85
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Coal Loader, Above Ground
  2. pp. 86-99
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Shoreline
  2. pp. 100-109
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Sunday
  2. pp. 110-124
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Rustlings
  2. pp. 125-136
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Straight Shot
  2. pp. 137-168
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Slight Blow to the Cheek
  2. pp. 169-184
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Working the Clock
  2. pp. 185-191
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Minnie Minoso Cure
  2. pp. 192-200
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. With These New Tunes
  2. pp. 201-213
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Noli Me Tangere
  2. pp. 214-224
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Shards
  2. pp. 225-244
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments, Back Cover
  2. pp. 245-BC
  3. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9780822978749
Related ISBN
9780822957829
MARC Record
OCLC
606337892
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.