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House of Prayer No. 2: A Writers Journey Home
House of Prayer No. 2: A Writers Journey Home by Mark Richard 038551302X 9780385513029
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House of Prayer No. 2: A Writers Journey Home by Mark Richard

A memoir of extraordinary power by an award-winning author. Mark Richard tells the story ofhisAmerican South, with its heady Gothic mix of racial tension and religious fervor-and of how writing helped him find his way in the world. The only son of Cajun parents, Mark Richard grew up in Southampton County, Virginia. His father gave up a career at NASA to become a solitary forester, whose flashes of wit were matched only by his hair-trigger temper. Markrsquo;s mother was often preoccupied with moody searches for spiritual enlightenment. Their son was born with hip defects and diagnosed as retarded. Richard was called a ldquo;special childrdquo; and he spent years in charity hospitals popushy;lated by children from the poorest neighborhoods. After several surgeries, Mark became the youngest radio disc jockey in America, and later worked as a deckhand on ocean-going trawlers, an aerial photographer, private investishy;gator, a bartender, and a country ham wholesaler, to name just a few. While digging irrigation ditches in east Texas, he discovered that a teacher had sent a story of his to theAtlantic, where it was named a winner in the magazinersquo;s national ficshy;tion contest. The prize launched a career, which allowed him to explore Europe and, much to the readerrsquo;s amuseshy;ment, continue his adventures on someone elsersquo;s dime. Finally Richard visits his hometown, where his mother is the only white congregant in a black Pentecostal church, the House of Prayer No. 2. A superbly written and irresistible blend of hisshy;tory, travelogue, and personal reflection,House of Prayer No. 2is a singular and revealing portrayal of a writerrsquo;s evolution.

Author: Mark Richard

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 224

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

Publication Date: 2011-02-15

Our Price: $4.23

ISBN: 038551302X

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