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By Mary Ward Brown

ISBN-10: 0817316450

ISBN-13: 9780817316457

ISBN-10: 0817358668

ISBN-13: 9780817358662

In 1986, after years of publishing tales in literary magazines and periodicals, Mary Ward Brown released her first booklet, the tale assortment Tongues of Flame. It quickly bought nearby and nationwide recognition, and the subsequent 12 months gained the PEN/Hemingway Award for fiction. Mary Ward Brown used to be sixty-nine years old. Though she could move directly to write and put up many extra tales and a well-received moment assortment, It Wasn’t All Dancing, Mary Ward Brown’s past due acclaim rarely tricks on the wealthy and sundry existence that ready the best way for her success.


Fanning the Spark is the tale of her lifestyles as a writer—her upbringing in rural Alabama; the fun of school, marriage, and motherhood; the sorrows of changing into a widow; and a lifelong devotion to writing, writers, and literature, and the corporate of these who shared these loves, nurturing and feeding her inside lifestyles within the face of many demanding situations, losses, and stumbling blocks, either emotional and material.


Here, in prose each piece as eloquent, evocative, and incisive as her tales, are her remembrances of family; her letters fraught with fear to her son in Vietnam; classes of emotional isolation and unbidden silence; her precious friendships with well known writers, editors, and brokers; her love of neighborhood and position; and immeasurable satisfaction with each award, speech, and public examining, the various recognitions she has garnered overdue in existence. notably, it's the tale of the competing calls for of paintings and of lifestyles, the consistent fight among her have to write and the practicalities of kin, responsibility, and daily living.

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