27 Views of Raleigh: the City of Oaks in Prose and Poetry edited by Wilson Barnhardt

27viewsThis was a surprisingly good read, a collection of essays, short stories, poems on the subject of Raleigh. Several stood out for me.
Home Is Where You Mend the Roof by Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi, a native of Cameroon, now a U.S. citizen. She defends Mississippi as having moved beyond its racist past and speaks of some negative experiences in Raleigh.
Dining at Balentine’s by Dana Wynne Lindquist touches on her family history, the longstanding tradition of Sunday post-church dining at Balentine’s Cafeteria and the loss of the unique building that was one of the cornerstones at Cameron Village.
Ladies of the Marble Hearth by Hilary Hebert is a short story about a middle-aged woman assisting her elderly mother to serve lunch to her book club. Mother is persnickety and the roof is about to fall in as the ladies are about to assemble and daughter has taken a day of vacation from her job to help her mother. Daughter’s struggles to be independent of her mother are part of the dynamic between mother and daughter.
Fox View, Montclair Neighborhood by Elaine Neil Orr chronicles her observations of a gray fox that passes through her backyard multiple times over the course of a summer.
The Parade, an excerpt from Adam’s Gift, by Jimmy Creech is his thoughtful account of coming to a belief that discrimination against gay and lesbian people should end. He was a Methodist minister for twenty-nine years before being found guilty of disobedience in a church trial in 1999 and stripped of his credentials for ordination after performing a wedding for two men.

This collection of writings about Raleigh will show you a new view of a familiar place.

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