Baby Houston



Baby Houston Baby Houston Is The Long Awaited Novel Completed By Texas Writer June Arnold Shortley Before Her Death In 1982 As Beverly Lowry Recalls In Her Introduction She Came Home Moved, Bought A House To Write A Novel From The Point Of View Of Her Mother First Person No Less, As If She Had Become Her Own Mother, Thinking Her Mother S Thoughts, Wearing Her Mother S Perfume, Bearing Her Mother S Children Including Of Course Herself Imagining Her Mother S Dreams And Passions And Death Without Breaking Character Her Intent Was Not To Comment On Her Mother S Time But To Recreate It This Was A Bold Endeavor, But June Arnold Was No Stranger To Literary Experimentation Or Taking Risks As Cofounder In 1972 Of The Acclaimed Feminist Press Daughters, Inc., Arnold And Her Colleague Parke Bowman Published A Distinguished List Of Women S Novels, Including Rita Mae Brown S Rubyfruit Jungle She Left New York In 1978 To Return To Houston, Her Hometown, And Begin This Remarkable Book About Her Mother It Is The Story Of Baby , A Troubled, Vital Widow And Socialite Who Strives To Bring Up Two Spirited And Strong Willed Daughters By Herself She Lives On Money Doled Out By Her Brother Oscar, Custodian Of The Family Fortune Baby Tries To Make Sense Of Her Life As She Struggles To Attain Security, Romance, And Identity Not Necessarily In That OrderBaby Houston Is A Novel Of Great Wit, Humanity, And Style, And It Offers A Vivid Portrait Of Houston During The Transitional Pre Boom Years Of The Early Forties, Continuing Through The Entrepreneurial Bustle Of The Sixties.

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