Affection and Estrangement: A Southern Family Memoir

by Preston M. Browning Jr.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/30/2009

Recognition Programs

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 280
ISBN : 9781440171307
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 280
ISBN : 9781440171291
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 280
ISBN : 9781440171314

About the Book

Preston Browning Jr. entered the world in 1929, a few months before the Crash and the onset of the Great Depression. In Culpeper, Virginia, Browning grew up amid the pervasive poverty of the times where he recalls being labeled by his father as the world’s worst grouch, led in song by Miss Lizzy Lovell—who banged on the piano at the local Episcopal church, and seated astride a cow who needed a lot of convincing to take him for a ride around the pasture beyond his house. With humor and exceptional detail, Browning shares a lively memoir that focuses on his coming-of-age journey and subsequent experiences in the rural South during the 1930s and 1940s, providing a compelling glimpse into how his family and others helped shape his emerging sense of self, his convictions, and his character. While providing snippets about the era and sketches of more than twenty relatives and ancestors that include an amusing retelling about his Uncle Sweets’ experiences at a hoochie-coochie show, Browning details the fascinating legacy of his Southern upbringing during a time when a struggle for racial, economic, and social justice prevailed in America. In this inspiring memoir, a Southerner reminisces about small-town Virginia before, during, and after the Great Depression through entertaining stories about his unconventional ancestors, his immediate family, and his own experiences.

About the Author

Preston M. Browning Jr. earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago for over thirty years and is an avid writer. Browning and his wife, Ann, have four children and live in Massachusetts.