Item description for Balcony Stories by Grace E. King...
She said she had, and in truth she had, no other name than "little Mammy"; and that was the name of her nature. Pure African, but bronze rather than pure black, and full-sized only in width, her growth having been hampered as to height by an injury to her hip, which had lamed her, pulling her figure awry, and burdening her with a protuberance of the joint. Her mother caused it by dropping her when a baby, and concealing it, for fear of punishment, until the dislocation became irremediable. All the animosity of which little Mammy was capable centered upon this unknown but never-to-be-forgotten mother of hers; out of this hatred had grown her love--that is, her destiny, a woman's love being her destiny. Little Mammy's love was for children.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.24" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Dec 11, 2007
Publisher Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 8184562012 ISBN13 9788184562019
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Stories of Louisiana women of the late 19th century Jan 31, 2008
I first read about Grace King and her "Balcony Stories" in Christopher Benfey's "Degas in New Orleans." Benfey quotes King as writing about New Orleans balconies' secret life: "There is much of life passed on the balcony in a country where the summer unrolls in six moon-lengths, and where the nights have to come with a double endowment of vastness and splendor to compensate for the tedious, sun-parched days."
This quote caught my attention, as did Benfey's brief description of the stories -- all about women: Cajuns, Creoles, free women of color. And I had to read the stories for myself. I'm glad I did -- the stories are a window into a very specific time and place in an area of the South that seems a world of its own. -- Phyllis Zimbler Miller, author of MRS. LIEUTENANT:A Sharon Gold Novel and co-author of SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION