Serigamy of Stories

Kathryn Tucker Windham, Author University Press of Mississippi $16.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-87805-354-4
In this memoir, a child's recollections of her family and warm home life are lovingly preserved in a front-porch ambience. Windham, who frequently participates in oral storytelling sessions around the country, grew up in a small Alabama town in the early part of this century. She was surrounded by offbeat adults in those years, among them a doughty aunt, who was the town's formidable postmistress, and a circuit-riding Baptist-preacher grandfather. They were fodder for legends within the family, as well as story-creators themselves. As Windham weaves her memories there are digressions into tales that mark the castes of a bygone South, tales that move in slow cadence and bring to life a family that accommodated all members in their entertaining oddities. The word ``serigamy'' is, according to the author, a family coinage, used through the generations to indicate ``a goodly number,'' and the word aptly applies as well to this charming retrospective. Illustrations not seen by PW. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1988
Release date: 06/01/1988
Paperback - 144 pages - 978-1-57806-256-0
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