My Ruby Slippers : The Road Back to Kansas

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  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Sure, there's no place like home--but what if you can't really pinpoint where home is? By the time she was nine, Tracy Seeley had lived in seven towns and thirteen different houses. Her father's dreams of movie stardom, stoked by a series of affairs, kept the family on edge, and on the move, until he up and left. Thirty years later, settled in what seems like a charmed life in San Francisco, a diagnosis of cancer and the betrayal of a lover shake Seeley to her roots--roots she is suddenly determined to search out.My Ruby Slipperstells the story of that search, the tale of a woman with an impassioned if vague sense of mission: to find the meaning of home. Seeley finds herself in a Kansas that defies memory, a place far more complex and elusive than the sum of its cultural myths. On back roads and in her many back years, Seeley also finds unexpected forgiveness for her errant father, and, in the face of mortality, a sense of what it means to be rooted in place, to dwell deeply in the only life we have.

Author Biography

Tracy Seeley is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Preludep. xi
Thresholdsp. 1
Going Backp. 7
The Good Landp. 9
Amazing Gracep. 38
The Known Worldp. 49
Wichita Vortex Reduxp. 66
Widening the Circlep. 103
Kansas Becomes Mep. 105
Sacred Bundles, Secret Mapsp. 122
What the Prairie Teachesp. 137
Coming Homep. 151
Matfield Greenp. 153
Coda, 2008p. 173
Acknowledgmentsp. 179
Selected Bibliographyp. 183
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