ISBN 9780747581604,Once Upon a Hill Love in Troubled Time

Once Upon a Hill Love in Troubled Time


Bloomsbury Books



Bloomsbury Books

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9780747581604

ISBN-10 0747581606

Hard Back

Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)

Biographies & Autobiographies

At the heart of Once Upon a Hill are the author's grandparents, Jack and Kate, whose sedate old age belies the turmoil of their early life together, and apart - they had to wait ten years to marry. For Glenn Patterson trying to make sense of this small-town life in a family dominated by a formidable matriarch becomes a detective story written against the reluctance of surviving family members to talk and the simple erosion of memory. It becomes, too, a revelation of how much his own life - not least his own mixed marriage - has been shaped by events decades before he was born. So Once Upon a Hill is part memoir, part all-of-themoir. It is the story of what happens when history tries to squeeze itself into a town of ten thousand people, most of them related somewhere down the line. It is about the consequences of violence and the conditions required for love to survive. It is a story of frailty, fortitude, and finally forgiveness.* *With footnotes.