When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine

When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine

Monica Wood


Winner of the 2012 Sarton Memoir Award

“Every few years, a memoir comes alongside that revitalizes the form…With beneficiant, special, and unsentimental prose, Monica wooden brilliantly achieves this . . . When We have been the Kennedys is a deeply relocating gem!”—Andre Dubus III, writer of House of Sand and Fog and Townie

Mexico, Maine, 1963: The wooden relations is way like its shut, Catholic, immigrant friends, all depending on the fathers’ wages from the Oxford Paper corporation. but if Dad all of sudden dies on his solution to paintings, Mum and the 4 deeply attached wooden women are set adrift. When We have been the Kennedys is the tale of ways a family members, a city, after which a country mourns and unearths the energy to maneuver on.

“On her personal phrases, wry and empathetic, wooden locates the melodies within the aftershock of unexpected loss.”—Boston Globe

“[A] surprise of storytelling, layered and wealthy. it truly is, by way of turns, a chronicle of the popular paper mill that used to be either satisfaction and poison to numerous generations of a city; a tribute to the ethnic stew of immigrant households that grew and prospered there; and an account of 1 family’s grief, love, and resilience.”—Maine Sunday Telegram

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