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Author Clark, Tena, author.

Title Southern discomfort : a memoir / Tena Clark.

Publication Info. New York : Touchstone, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  BIOG. CLARK, T.    Check Shelf
 Bristol, Manross Branch - Non Fiction  B CLARK    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  B CLARK    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Pearl Street Branch Library - Biographies  B CLARK    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  305.8009 CLARK    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  B CLARK    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Biographies  BIOG CLARK, TENA    Check Shelf
Description 296 pages ; 22 cm
Summary "Tena Clark was born in 1953 in a tiny Mississippi town close to the Alabama border, where the legacy of slavery and racial injustice still permeated every aspect of life. On the outside, Tena's childhood looked like a fairytale. Her father was one of the richest men in the state; her mother was a regal beauty. The family lived on a sprawling farm and had the only swimming pool in town; Tena was given her first car--a royal blue Camaro--at twelve. But behind closed doors, Tena's life was deeply lonely, and chaotic. By the time she was three, her parents' marriage had dissolved into a swamp of alcohol, rampant infidelity, and guns. Adding to the turmoil, Tena understood from a very young age that she was different from her three older sisters, all of whom had been beauty queens and majorettes. Tena knew she didn't want to be a majorette--she wanted to marry one. On Tena's tenth birthday, her mother, emboldened by alcoholism and enraged by her husband's incessant cheating, walked out for good, instantly becoming an outcast in society. Tena was left in the care of her black nanny, Virgie, who became Tena's surrogate mother and confidante--even though she was raising nine of her own children and was not allowed to eat from the family's plates or use their bathroom. It was Virgie's acceptance and unconditional love that gave Tena the courage to stand up to her domineering father, the faith to believe in her mother's love, and the strength to be her true self. Combining the spirit of poignant coming-of-age memoirs such as The Glass Castle and vivid, evocative Southern fiction like Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Discomfort is about the people and places that shape who we are--and is destined to become a new classic."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Clark, Tena.
African Americans -- Mississippi -- Biography.
Mississippi -- Race relations -- History.
Mississippi -- Biography.
African Americans. (OCoLC)fst00799558
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Mississippi. (OCoLC)fst01207034
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781501167942 (hardcover)
9781501167959 (pbk.)
9781501167966 (ebook)
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