Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery

Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery

John Gregory Brown / Aug 22, 2019

Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery The novel that marked John Gregory s Brown s much heralded debut Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery is a finely wrought tale that unlocks its secrets like a Chinese box each hidden compartment opening

  • Title: Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery
  • Author: John Gregory Brown
  • ISBN: 9780618154524
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Paperback
  • The novel that marked John Gregory s Brown s much heralded debut, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery is a finely wrought tale that unlocks its secrets like a Chinese box, each hidden compartment opening to reveal yet another, until at the end we stand aghast at the complexity that lies before us Richmond Times Dispatch This is the heartbreaking story of the Eagen The novel that marked John Gregory s Brown s much heralded debut, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery is a finely wrought tale that unlocks its secrets like a Chinese box, each hidden compartment opening to reveal yet another, until at the end we stand aghast at the complexity that lies before us Richmond Times Dispatch This is the heartbreaking story of the Eagen s, an New Orleans family of mixed blood, as recalled by three unforgettable narrators, each intimately entangled in the family s small tragedies and betrayals.Years ago, when his daughter Meredith was young, Dr Thomas Eagen abruptly left his wife and children in an incident that still haunts Meredith well into adulthood She longs to discover the truth behind her father s disappearance, as well as the reasons why Thomas s mother, a proud black woman, abandoned his devout Catholic father.

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    About "John Gregory Brown"

      • John Gregory Brown

        Born and raised in New Orleans, John Gregory Brown is the author of the novels Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur and Audubon s Watch His fourth novel, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, will be published by Lee Boudreaux Books, an imprint of Little Brown Co in June 2016 His honors include a Lyndhurst Prize, the Lillian Smith Award, the John Steinbeck Award, a Howard Foundation fellowship, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award After two decades as the Julia Jackson Nichols Professor of English at Sweet Briar College, he now teaches at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts He and his wife, the novelist Carrie Brown, have three children.


    651 Comments

    1. It's a slow read, but it's worth it. It's lyrical and beautiful and moving. It grabs you and immerses you in this family's experience in a way that few novels do. I still have a physical memory of it, like reading the book left an actual imprint on my skin.


    2. I am astounded that Brown wrote this book at age 34. His understanding of the human condition has the depth of a writer who has lived four lifetimes. Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery is also the most aware story about the long and torturous relationship between blacks and whites in the South, during the late 1950's, that I've come across in a long time---maybe ever. If only each of us could understand the characters Brown gives us, then perhaps we would have a clue where to start to repair our c [...]


    3. Just gorgeous. I read this slowly for a change (because I'm knitting again), just pieces at night instead of all in one big gulp like I usually do. Maybe I will remember it better that way because I don't want to forget this one. It has to do with collapse, literally and figuratively. Structures break or crumble: bridges, statues, families. There is so much love in this story, it hurts.Once you have given in to silence, it's sometimes nearly impossible to get yourself to break itHow is it, I won [...]


    4. With lustrous prose and fresh yet familiar characters, John Gregory Brown has masterfully told a story that slowly slips up and wraps its arms around you wholly. I wish there was something I could say to describe how I felt reading this book or what made it so matchless, but nothing is coming. Both John Gregory Brown and his wife Carrie deserve more merit, as they are both supremely superb writers, but woefully obscure.


    5. Fabulous! Couldn't put it down. Lyrical and tender. Already ordered the "The Wrecked Blessed Body of Shelton LaFleur' by John Gregory Brown. He's bound to be one of my favorites.


    6. For a first novel, very good, particularly when a male is writing so many female voices to move the plot along. I don't know that I totally figured out the character of the father, but the voice of his daughter is very well written.



    7. I stumbled upon this book after reading a review of The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. Really a heartfelt story. Short but slow going to soak up the great prose.


    8. Review by Ron Carter, Richmond Times-Dispatch: ". . . A finely wrought taleA story that unlocks its secrets like a chinese box, each hidden compartment opening to reveal yet another, until, at the end, we stand aghast at the complexity of what lies before us." This story is mostly told by Meredith Eagen in retrospect as a 12 year old girl, with some of the story told by Murphy, a black man who had worked for the family, and through some letters written by Catherine, Meredith's stepmother. I love [...]


    9. I bogged down early in the first chapter of this book. The writing was stilted, long, winding sentences filled with comma-trapped clauses. I thought "How am I going to make it through this whole book with this writing style?" Then, as the protagonist actually starts her narrative, I realized the 1st chapter conveyed exactly the hesitation, reluctance, and doubt surrounding telling one's story. And what a story it is!! Maybe some people will call it a "coming of age" book, but I find that phrase [...]


    10. This story tells of the Eagens, a New Orleans family of "mixed blood." There are three narrators in the story: Meredith, whose father takes her and her brother away from her stepmother, Catherine, the stepmother, who writes letters to Meredith, and Murphy Warrington, an old black man who worked for the family. The narrators recall "a story that unlocks its secrets like a Chinese box, each hidden compartment opening to reveal yet another, until, at the end, we stand aghast at the complexity of wh [...]


    11. This book was a surprise; recommended by a friend I had never heard of this writer. The book is about family love loss betrayal race religion; you name it. The story has simplicity and is yet complex and the issues it deals with are big ones. The importance of place runs throughout. A marvellous book in my opinion a neglected classic; very moving and very thought provoking. I read it last year and it stayed with me. I don't want to run through the plot; just read it.


    12. The story of a family and how the information they withhold from each other leads to their slow unraveling over generations. The prose is lyrical, yet not flowery, the structure just intricate enough to enfold the multiple points of view. I enjoyed every minute of this read.






    13. I have to admit that I kept turning pages with this book - but I felt that the description of the relationship between the handyman/helper and the central family was highly romanticized.




    14. So many of us have lived life like this After reading this book set in New Orleans about a disfunctional childhood I have met many people that bring this fiction to fact. Very moving






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