Ashland, Ore. (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
In “Sincerely Louise” Boyd introduces readers to her mother, Louise Guest, recounting her life as she was able to understand it through pieced together facts, old letters, family secrets and her own imagination. But “Sincerely Louise” is not a strict memoir or autobiography by definition.
An excerpt from “Sincerely Louise”:
"When Mama first left us on the farm, a couple of years ago, it took a while for Ruthie and me to get used to our grandmother. She talks mostly German to us. I never saw Gram read a book except the big Bible she brought over from Germany. I don’t think she can read English. Ruthie’s so ornery I doubt she’ll ever learn to read in any language. Maybe that’s why Gram is partial to Ruthie and not to me. All her smiles are for Ruthie. She saves her scowls for me, even though I’m the one who does most of the chores."
Dropping into her mother’s perspective and transporting readers back to the early 1900s to when Louise was a little girl, Boyd strikes a balance between memoir and fiction, drawing from what she knows about her mother as well as what she knows of life during the time period. Where some facts and details are missing, Boyd dips into what she knows about history to fill in the gaps.
“Sincerely Louise” also offers readers hope. “Many people can relate to Louise,” she says. “They can read of the sadness and joy, the humor, the hardships of that period in time. They can find that their can be joy as well as hardships in just about every family on Earth.”
About the Author
Gloria Boyd was raised in West Hartford, Conn. She attended Simmons College in Boston where she met and married a Harvard man who became a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Boyd raised their four children – Peter, Susan, Andrew and Timothy – but she consistently added new short stories to her files while doing so. She has contributed articles to the Washington Post, Montgomery County Sentinel, Christian Science Monitor and a small New York City weekly publication, and she is editing an autobiographical novel called “Runaway Mama.” Now a grandmother and soon-to-be great-grandmother, Boyd lives in Ashland, Ore.
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