LAST TRIP HOME (SheWritesPress) by Wanda Maureen Miller is being called a “fresh new vibrant voice” in memoir. Thanks to SheWritesPress, we here at Thoughts on This ‘n That are able to tell you about it.
“Who do you think you are, the Quane of Angland?” That’s what Grace Marie’s father used to say to her whenever he thought she was getting out of her place.
How many of us remember being told that as a child? I do. We’ll not the Quane of Angland part, but the “Who do you think you are?”
In her fifties now, Grace Marie is a college professor living in a beach town in California, and when she gets a phone call telling her that her father is dead, she is glad. She hopes her return for his funeral will be her “last trip home.”
As a young girl Grace Marie struggled to escape from poverty, her father’s lecherous, controlling grip, and a husband in the Klan. Determined to get an education, she clawed her way to a comfortable life and a home with indoor toilets—but her most unexpected struggle turned out to be survivor’s guilt, so she kept returning home to “fix” her family and the sharecropper shack.
After her father’s funeral, Grace Marie burns down the family home—only to discover that she has unexpected ties to both the land and the people in her community. She realizes she will never have a “last trip home.”
Like her main character, Grace Marie, Wanda Maureen Miller grew up on an Arkansas farm, read and wrote for escape, got an education, and moved to California. She taught college English and published four other books. She is retired now and lives in Manhattan Beach, CA, with a retired doctor. She has a daughter and granddaughter living in North Carolina and still owns the farm she grew up on.
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