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A world turned over : a killer tornado and the lives it changed forever
Hemingway, Lorian
Adult Nonfiction QC955.5.U6 H45 2002

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From Publishers' Weekly:

On March 3, 1966, a devastating tornado struck the Candlestick Shopping Center in South Jackson, Miss., flattening buildings and killing 14 people. Because her family had just moved away from their home across the road from the shopping center, Hemingway (granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway and author of Walking into the River), who was a child at the time, missed the disaster. All her life she has been obsessed with it, however, and in 2000 she went back to learn about it from childhood friends who were there. In this moving book, she tells the story twice, first in her own words and then in the words of the survivors whom she had interviewed. Weaving nostalgia for the world of her childhood with apocalyptic images of that world "rolled onto a spear, of the sky punctured at its heart," Hemingway skillfully draws the reader into the nightmare, describing the moments preceding the tornado and the instant when everything was turned upside down. Without overwriting, Hemingway describes how a familiar setting is suddenly turned into a morass of shattered concrete, twisted metal, splintered glass, mangled cars and broken bodies and how everyone walks and speaks "with reverence because what is heaving and bending at jagged turns all around them is a burial ground they must undo." Even after Candlestick Shopping Center was rebuilt, the people stayed away because they found they couldn't bear to remember. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway and author of a novel (Walking into the River) and a memoir, Hemingway was a girl when she and her family moved away from a Jackson, MS, neighborhood that soon after was hit by a devastating tornado. Dubbed the "Candlestick Tornado" after the brand-new shopping center it leveled, it struck in March 1966, and killed 57 people. This book is both a description of the personal and physical damage the tornado caused and a memoir of the author's first return to the neighborhood since she moved away. She describes visits to old friends and others who survived the disaster or lost loved ones. Rather than describing the scientific aspects of tornadoes, Hemingway focuses on their social and emotional ramifications, considering how Southerners deal with tragedies and how tornadoes fit into Southern culture. This well-researched book includes excerpts from interviews the author conducted that show how the disaster forever changed the survivors and the neighborhood. Recommended for most libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/02.] Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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