Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories Of A Seared Childhood by Regi CarpenterWhere There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories Of A Seared Childhood by Regi Carpenter

Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories Of A Seared Childhood

byRegi Carpenter

Paperback | September 6, 2016

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Family: comfort food or a recipe for disaster? Award-winning storyteller and performer Regi Carpenter brings her humor and honesty to print in Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner. Regi is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. These honest tales - some hilarious, some heartbreaking - celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. From teenagers struggling to find their identity to disabled veterans grappling with the aftermath of war and change to the complications and sweetness of love between family members, this collection of linked short stories holds the universal message that life's difficulties are softened by love and fortitude . . . and family.
Regi Carpenter is a solo performance artist, writer, teacher, and performance coach. An award-winning performer, Regi has toured her solo shows and workshops in theaters, festivals, and schools both nationally and internationally. Her writings and blogs about storytelling, ancestry, and identity have been published in various print and...
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Title:Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories Of A Seared ChildhoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:182 pages, 8.98 × 8.93 × 0.45 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:FamiliusLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1942934408

ISBN - 13:9781942934400

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I laughed, gasped, wept - sometimes all in the same paragraph - when reading Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood by Regi Carpenter. Growing up as the youngest of the exuberant, notorious, and often destitute Carpenter kids" of Clayton, NY, Regi is resourceful against all the odds. This is a candid story of desperate measures, explosive humor, and, ultimately, the sanity behind seeming madness. It teaches a new understanding of family love. Brilliant writing! - Jo Radner, reviewer for the National Storytelling Network's magazine Giver of story, giver of light: Regi Carpenter takes lived experience and imagined choices and shapes them into what listeners - and now readers - need in their deepest hunger. To hear her tell is to live a way of seeing existence - becoming existence - in a world where it's okay to ask questions about why we exist at all. To be in her presence is to know golden genius. And now this book can carry her spirit into minds and hearts allowing her in: welcome, readers seeking treasure, to this trove of tales that glow. - Katharyn Howd Machan, author of Redwing: Voices from 1888 and Wild Grapes: Poems of Fox I am a believer that the Lord works in wondrous ways and especially through the stories of Regi Carpenter in Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood as I laughed and cried with the brilliant writer Carpenter!Do yourself a favor and go get Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner at once! You'll be in for a literary treat if you do! - Nancy Slonim Aronie, founder of The Chilmark Writing Workshop and former Harvard University professor"