Wicked Affairs p 2 yRandMaude andou ll just have "TO READ BLUE SABINE TO KNOW " read Blue Sabine to know I meanFor on the author on Moon City Press Here s my review of Blue Sabine originally published in Southwest Historical uarterlyIn this beautifully written wondrously told novel by Gerald Duff one family s personal history merges with the larger currents of Texas and American history creating a twisting turning narrative that is as aesthetically satisfying as it is historically resonantBlue Sabine follows several generations of the Holt family from their arrival to the Sabine borderlands in 1867 until the present day The story is told by a succession of voices most often the women of the Holt clan The novel s
STRUCTURE PRESENTS THE TESTIMONIES OF THESEpresents the testimonies of these members at six specific points in time 1867 1912 1941 1968 1990 2003 The ultimat. Vie director and his cousin Kay Phuong a woman of Vietnamese and Holt lineage who has made herself into a fashion model and actress They have returned to the Valley of the Sabine where the Holts have lived for almost two hundred ears to hear once the old stories and to confirm their own part in the saga They seek to understand and to play their #role in the continuing telling and retelling of the narratives that bind them to their family and to the #in the continuing telling and retelling of the narratives that bind them to their family and to the ,
The big wide worldIf ou are a Texan The Piper in the Wind you will recognize this family because it isours It is certainly mine I have an Aunt Abigail who likes to hold forth as the authority on all things appropriate and inappropriate I have a Great Grandfather Amos Holt who has turned to God and become a preacher mostly because he is overwhelmed by the women surrounding him and finds God comprehensible I have a Cousin The Proposal you must capitalize cousin Nola Mae whose faith resides in her beauty and style and worth on the man market a time honored tradition among southern women and whose children have sometimes taken a backseat to her personal ambitions I would like to note that we don t have anyone who was blinded by a pimp for insulting his hooker Not that I am aware of Notet Meanwhile it is my personal ambition to be like The West in Texas and in her own way and her own time In its flow and its setting of boundaries the Sabine River comes to reflect what remains and what changes in the way the Holt women see their world and themselves The river forever flows and it pulls at all it touches one of the characters says et it never leaves and it never stays Two twenty first century descendants #Give The Narrative Its #the narrative its shape and connection Clement an award winning mo. By Gerald Duffmoon city press 315 pgs978 0 913785 34 8Rating 4Gerald Duff has mad skills Blue Sabine is lyrical it reads like poetry but in a good way This is the story of the Holt family as they relocate from Louisiana to Texas after the Civil War and unto the present day told by the voices of its women who have always been the strength of Texas Everybody knows that rightDon t come to Blue Sabine for plot or climax or denouement or any of those usual things though ou ll find plenty of protagonists and antagonists sometimes the same person is both Come for the characters and the stories they tell Each character is a melody joined by the chorus of stories they tell about themselves and each other Our stories are how we know who we are the first lessons we learn about family and how to behave or not in. Blue Sabine is a story of five generations of women in the same family told in their voices along with those of some men of Holt blood It is set along the Sabine River which divides the state of Texas from Louisiana and the Deep South From 1867 when the Holts first came to Texas to the present the novel the emotional lives of #grandmothers mothers daughters and nieces all bound by kinship and Each comes to terms with being a woman in. #mothers daughters and nieces all bound by kinship and history Each comes to terms with being a woman in. .