Two or Three Things I Know for Sure

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure

by Dorothy Allison


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Bastard Out of Carolina, nominated for the 1992 National Book Award for fiction, introduced Dorothy Allison as one of the most passionate and gifted writers of her generation. Now, in Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, she takes a probing look at her family's history to give us a lyrical, complex memoir that explores how the gossip of one generation can become legends for the next.

Illustrated with photographs from the author's personal collection, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure tells the story of the Gibson women — sisters, cousins, daughters, and aunts — and the men who loved them, often abused them, and, nonetheless, shared their destinies. With luminous clarity, Allison explores how desire surprises and what power feels like to a young girl as she confronts abuse.

As always, Dorothy Allison is provocative, confrontational, and brutally honest. Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, steeped in the hard-won wisdom of experience, expresses the strength of her unique vision with beauty and eloquence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452273405
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 401,297
Product dimensions: 4.72(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dorothy Allison is the acclaimed author of the nationally bestselling novel Bastard Out of Carolina, which was a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award. The recipient of numerous awards, she lives in Northern California.

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Two or Three Things I Know for Sure: 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bippy1dog More than 1 year ago
I am horribly upset that I paid $10.99 for 52 page! She is a beautiful writer but 52 pages?
pokylittlepuppy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the Strand for my first semester of college in 2000. I was supposed to read it during a writing class about memoir. I didn't read it, but I read an additional essay by Dorothy Allison and I liked that, so I always kept the book. In retrospect that was my best class that term. My sister is at the same point in college now, so it seemed fitting to work this one out finally. When I finally opened the book I discovered a receipt for its purchase tucked inside, from a Brentano's in Connecticut in December 1995, along with the ISBN's for Jane Smiley's Duplicate Keys and Tim O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods, $50 cash.This book falls squarely into the category of things I avoided because I worried there wasn't time, that turn out to take no time at all. It's so slight, which surprised me the whole time until I got to the last page where the author notes that it was written as a performance piece and modified for publication. The prose is so fluidly voiced, but it seems somewhat unreal that it could be performed aloud. Though, that might explain why the framing device of the title looks a little hokey on the page, which is too bad because most of the rest of it is vivid and warm.Sometimes the lesson of my bookshelf is to stop waiting.
donkeytiara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book made you relive her other novel...because she lived it. pretty frank reading.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This slim autobiographical volume packs a lot of punch. With photographs and a storyteller-ish quality, Allison reflects on her impoverished childhood and on the love-hate relationship she long had with the other women in her family. The overall effect is to leave the reader somewhat in awe of the strength that Allison and the other women in her family had in the face of incredible hardship.
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