On The Occasion Of My Last Afternoon: A Novel

Paperback | June 28, 2005

byKaye Gibbons

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Emma Garnet Tate Lowell, a plantation owner's daughter, grows up in a privileged lifestyle, but it's not all roses. Her family's prosperity is linked to the institution of slavery, and Clarice, a close and trusted family servant, exposes Emma to the truth and history of their plantation and how it brutally affected the slave population.

Her father, Samuel P. Tate, has an aggressive and overpowering persona that intimidates many people -- including Emma. But she refuses to conform to his ideals and marries a prominent young doctor. Together they face the horrors of the Civil War, nursing wounded soldiers, as Emma begins the long journey toward her own recovery from the terrible forces that shaped her father's life.

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Emma Garnet Tate Lowell, a plantation owner's daughter, grows up in a privileged lifestyle, but it's not all roses. Her family's prosperity is linked to the institution of slavery, and Clarice, a close and trusted family servant, exposes Emma to the truth and history of their plantation and how it brutally affected the slave population...

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In this superb new novel from the acclaimed, bestselling author of Ellen Foster, Sights Unseen, and Charms for the Easy Life, an extraordinary woman recalls a nation's bloodiest epoch and a magnificent life forged in its fires.

Kaye Gibbons is the author of four previous novels: Ellen Foster, A Virtuous Woman, A Cure for Dreams, and Charms for the Easy Life. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and five children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:June 28, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060797142

ISBN - 13:9780060797140

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from my favourite book This is probably the best book I have ever read. It reads like a poem, is very complex and beautifully constructed. I read it twice! Kaye Gibbons is my favourite author! Read "Charms fo the Easy Life," if you liked this one. I can't put these books down.
Date published: 2007-04-02

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"A master storyteller...Margaret Mitchell's blunderbuss epic...can't hold a sweet-potato candle to these vivid pages." -- "San Francisco Chronicle""Horace said that our stories should aim to instruct and delight...Kaye Gibbons has achieved both on every page." -- Charles Frazier, author of "Cold Mountain" "A novel that will have been worth the wait for Gibbon's fans or anyone else with a passionate interest in the Civil War." -- "Portland Oregonian" "Haunting...a rare jewel...Kaye Gibbons has gone from being a wonderful, fascinating novelist to a national treasure." -- "San Antonio Express-News" "An occasion for even more accolades."-- "Atlanta Journal-Constitution