Jesse Lee Kercheval
“A sweetly honest memoir of a girl growing up amid the glare of the rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. … [A] coming-of-age story, but punctuated by the romance and thunder of rockets entering space.”
Jesse Lee Kercheval opens her story in Cocoa, Florida, in 1966 as a precocious ten-year-old whose family—father, mother, two little girls—is trying to ride the Space Race’s tide of optimism. But even as the rockets keep going up, the Kercheval family slowly spirals down.
Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in France and raised in Florida. She is the author of thirteen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir including the novels The Museum of Happiness and My Life as a Silent Movie and the writing text Building Fiction. The Sally Mead Hands Professor of English, she teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
“An incandescent girlhood memoir. … So lyrical and poignant are the events it chronicles, it is hard to believe that it wasn’t all by design.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“A devastatingly honest, relentlessly unsentimental portrait of [the author’s] childhood. … A quietly powerful personal history.”
—Jacqueline Boone, New York Times Book Review
“A story of the ’60s and ’70s as seen through the eyes of a bright and introspective girl.”
—School Library Journal
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LC: 2013043835 PS
336 pp. 5 x 7
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