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Author Monroe, Debra.

Title On the outskirts of normal : forging a family against the grain : [a memoir] / Debra Monroe.

Imprint Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia Press, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource (pages
Summary "After moving to a humble cottage outside of a tiny Texas town, Debra Monroe rids herself of an abusive husband, battles sexist contractors and workers as she renovates her home, and finally, after several disheartening letdowns, is able to adopt her beautiful baby daughter, Marie. Though elated that her dream is coming true, Monroe faces trials that befall her not just as a single mother but as a white mother of a black child. In On the Outskirts of Normal, two-time National Book Award nominee Monroe's heart creaks "like china with hairline cracks" each time a racist comment rolls their way or stares linger a little too long in their direction. Though she and her daughter face serious undiagnosed illnesses leading to innumerable, painful doctor visits, Monroe remains steadfast in her dedication to Marie and their small but tight family. Reading On the Outskirts of Normal at times feels like driving through an unwieldy thunderstorm at night on the unlit country roads that snake their way to Monroe's house in the woods; readers will feel her exhaustion but will be buoyed by her ever-present faith and fiery love. Pulitzer Prize winner Madeleine Blais writes that On the Outskirts of Normal is the "real deal: both a literary triumph and a triumph of the heart.""-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Cover; Contents; Mother Lore; How I Got Here; Homemaking; A History of Fear; Small Talk; Into the Wall; Fast-Forward, A Four Year Tunnel of Time; The Time to be Lovely is Always; First Date Jitters; How to Build a Better Fence; Inflamed Scar Tissue; The Uses of Grief; Mother's Day.
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Subject Monroe, Debra -- Family.
Monroe, Debra.
Motherhood -- Psychological aspects.
Interracial adoption -- Texas -- Psychological aspects.
Adoptive parents -- United States -- Biography.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Family relationships.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Monroe, Debra. On the outskirts of normal. Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia Press, 2015 (DLC) 2015009078
ISBN 9780820349107 (electronic bk.)
0820349100 (electronic bk.)
9780820349114 (softcover ; acid-free paper)