Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir

Dancing Fish and Ammonites

A Memoir

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ISBN10: 0670016551 ISBN13: 9780670016556 Publisher: Penguin USA Published: Feb 6 2014 Pages: 234 Weight: 0.80lbs. Height: 8.50" Width: 5.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English

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The beloved and bestselling author takes an intimate look back at a life of reading and writing
The memory that we live with . . . is the moth-eaten version of our own past that each of us carries around, depends on. It is our ID; this is how we know who we are and where we have been.
Memory and history have been Penelope Lively s terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given readers a glimpse into her influences and formative years.
Dancing Fish and Ammonites traces the arc of Lively s life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain s twentieth century. She reflects on her early love of archeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey including a sherd of Egyptian ceramic depicting dancing fish and ammonites found years ago on a Dorset beach. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands."
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