I want to welcome Ann Putnam to Books R Us. Ann is the is the author of Full Moon at Noontide: A Daughter's Last Goodbye . She is presently touring the blogosphere on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! Thanks for stopping by.
Full Moon at Noontide- A Memoir
I wrote a memoir about the death and dying of my father. Now here I am wondering of the value of research for such things. What is beyond memory that would tease out the figure in the carpet? After my father died, I wished so many things. So many questions I might have asked him and did not. Not just who begat who—our family has an archivist who recorded all that—but the desire and longing and betrayals that every life, every family knows. Where were the secrets that would bring my family’s history into the light?
My father was an identical twin. I never knew their mother, my paternal grandmother. Our only connection is my name listed in her obituary, a 10 day old granddaughter named Ann. I knew a few things about her. I knew that her fiancé had drowned before her very eyes. I knew that after she had said, “I will never smile again.” And there she was in all the family photos ever after, her unsmiling face. I wondered what blight she had brought to her marriage to my grandfather later, and to those two little twin boys. Was there enough love to go around? I wanted to know what had happened that afternoon at the lake in
, years before my father was born. What answers could be found through the fog of years? I was trying to see the figure in the carpet, the long arc of their lives in spite of what must have seemed the sad, dark, end of it. A thing whole and complete has a beauty of its own, even when the things apart are too terrible to say. Atlanta, Georgia
Found in TheThe article described how my grandmother had clung to the overturned boat as she watched
Constitution, Atlanta . “Two Victims of Drowning in Waters of May 1, 1909 .” Under that headline was my grandmother’s picture and that of her fiancé, William Withrow. But my grandmother had not drowned, though of course she was a victim too. I read on. The other who drowned was William’s sister Lakewood . “Brother dies in vain attempt to save sister. William and Pearl Pearl Withrow find a watery grave….None could tell why the boat holding the three of them capsized and the real reason will probably go down as another in the long list of mysteries surrounding this ill-fated lake.”
Please visit Ann's Website and check back on 7/20 for my review of this Great book.