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Janet Burroway at IUPUI October 4th

September 17, 2012 by Reader's Connection

Novelist and essayist Janet Burroway will appear at IUPUI’s University Library Lilly Auditorium on Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m.

The program, free and open to the public, will be the first in this season’s Rufus and Louise Reiberg Visiting Writers series.

Bridge of Sand (2009)

Bridge of Sand

Dana is at a loss after burying her husband, a Pennsylvania senator, a few miles from the United 93 crash on 9/11. Her marriage had almost ended when Graham was diagnosed with cancer, and she nursed him to the end before beginning the task of selling her home. Originally from the South, she heads back to Georgia, aimlessly driving and thinking about her future. She decides to visit her grandmother’s house, only to find it has been turned into a strip mall. Once again at loose ends, she looks up old friend Cassius Huston, and they begin an affair, which is problematic because she is white, and he is black. After receiving a vitriolic letter from his ex, Dana moves on, eventually heading west. Little does she realize that this move will lead to a life-changing event. Burroway . . . crafts memorable characters while challenging readers’ assumptions about race, love, and family. — Library Journal

Embalming Mom: Essays in Life (2002)

Embalming Mom: Essays in Life

Burroway . . . is a pithy essayist with an inner compass that steers her to the ambiguity at the heart of the human condition. Enamored of literature early on, her life path intersected with Sylvia Plath’s. Both were guest editors at Mademoiselle in the 1950s; Burroway also attended Cambridge (with such eminent classmates as Margaret Drabble and Ian McKellen), and, like Plath, she feared that marriage would preclude her writing. After adding her frank and enlightening analysis to the ongoing postmortem of Plath’s suicide, she records some dark moments of her own. But as she reveals in a deliciously mordant piece about her postdivorce move to Tallahassee with her two sons, she is too intrigued and bemused by life to stay depressed for long. As Burroway remembers her mother, dissects gender roles and political correctness, recounts a chilling session with a callous male gynecologist, and reflects on the marvels and annoyances of the female body, she celebrates all the vicissitudes of womanhood with pride and drollery. — Booklist

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Visitor parking is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St.

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