Due East

Due East

Valerie Sayers / Jan 20, 2020

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  • Title: Due East
  • Author: Valerie Sayers
  • ISBN: 9780425108956
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
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    About "Valerie Sayers"

      • Valerie Sayers

        Valerie Sayers was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, which became the thinly disguised Due East of her fiction, and educated in New York, where she lived for many years She is the author of six novels The Powers Brain Fever and Who Do You Love, which were named Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times Due East, which also appeared in five foreign editions and How I Got Him Back A film based on her first two books, Due East, premiered on Showtime, and she has published many stories, essays, and reviews Her literary awards include a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and a Pushcart Prize She is Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where her students keep her hopping and experimenting with new ideas and new forms.


    1. This first book by Sayers is like that proverbial trainwreck - you should look away but you can't. Its density of plot and characters keeps you reading, though I had to lay it down for days at a time to get its imagery out of my head. The story of Mary Faith is messy, like life.

    2. Mary Faith is fifteen and pregnant, her mother and baby's father are dead. Her father is distant and preoccupied. She is determined to have her baby, whatever her father or relatives think. Her father wants to know who the baby's father is and in the process falls into an unlikely romance.I felt as though this book was unfinished at the end and that made me unsatisfied. I thought it was interesting that the daughter was narrated in the first person and the father in the third.

    3. SC setting, 1981 - Mary Faith is 15 years old and pregnant by her classmate who died of an overdose a week or so after impregnating her. Her father is in love with her tutor partner's mother. Her dead friends parents want her and her baby to move in with them. She has baby boy and lives with father. Southern dysfunction and them some.

    4. A good first novel, emphasis on FIRST and GOOD. Sayers went on to write more complete, textured novels, set in her hometown of Beaufort, SC, AKA Due East. I like her later work better, but it's interesting to see her practice her craft in a less polished but heartfelt way. She's a terrific novelist who hasn't gotten the attention she deserves.

    5. I know they made this one into a movie a while back, but I never saw it. People I know have just raved about the "true-ness" of the characters in this, but it just didn't grab me. Sometimes small town Carolina portrayal isn't all it's cracked up to be; sometimes it's just me. Who knows?

    6. I thought that this narrative kept a good pace, had interesting characters, and the conflict is timeless. There was a misery to it that kept me cringing with one eye closed, but the ending actually surprised me with its openness.

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