Individual Author Record
Name: Becky BradwayPen Name: None Genre: Born: September 27, 1944 in Champaign, Illinois Sites:
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- Pink Houses and Family Taverns, Indiana University Press, 2002
- In the Middle of the Middle West, Indiana University Press, 2003
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Pink Houses and Family Taverns
ISBN: 0253340888 Indiana University Press. 2002
"... Becky Bradway writes compellingly about the place where she was raised and still lives, but she also knows that the hidden component of place is time and its ceaseless motion and the motion it spawns in all of us. On these many stable planes, we are always passing through."
Much of what inspires Pink Houses and Family Taverns, a collection of creative nonfiction by Becky Bradway, is the author’s upbringing in rural southern Illinois. Coming of age among a family of carpenters, housewives, and factory workers, Bradway works to get an education and to build a different kind of life for herself (in spite of social pressures to "keep her in her place"). Her dreams of becoming a writer and a professor often run head-on with the hometown’s expectations that she keep her mouth shut like a "proper girl," and with the university’s expectations that she toe a more formal, conservative line.
The tension Bradway feels about "Being From There" permeates her memoir, as she negotiates the transitions between childhood and adulthood, rural life and urban life, ignorance and sophistication. She debates important life decisions and presents us with a vivid array of characters—family, friends, students—who have made an impression on her.
In the Middle of the Middle West: Literary Nonfiction from the Heartland
ISBN: 0253343755 Indiana University Press. 2003
The 42 essays in this collection take their inspiration from the Midwest—not just from its physical terrain but from its emotional terrain as well. They come from writers of diverse backgrounds: poets, novelists, filmmakers, and journalistssome who came and stayed, some who came and left, and some who were born and raised in this place. The essays revolve generally around issues of conflict between place and identity, and the theme of diversity—be it religious, sexual, racial, artistic, cultural, occupational, or geographical—runs throughout. Writers featured in this collection include Maxine Chernoff, Stuart Dybek, Michael Martone, Cris Mazza, James McManus, Scott Russell Sanders, Mary Swander, and many others of national reputation.