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Visitation Street

By Ivy Pochoda

Visitation Street
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  • Hardcover: Jul 2013,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Apr 2014,
    320 pages.

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Beyond the Book:
Creating a Sense of Place

In Visitation Street Ivy Pochoda puts us smack in the middle of a place like few authors can.

"Music from Coffey Park is rolling down Visitation Street, signaling the kickoff of Old Timers Day on the backside of the neighborhood. Overnight, families from the projects have staked out plots of the park, jockeying to get prime real estate for their barbecues ... Men carrying foil trays of macaroni salad and slaw search out their families' tables. Kids chase one another between the grills. Grandmothers parade their visiting grandchildren."

Coffey ParkIt is no accident that our mouths might now be watering for macaroni salad and grilled burgers and chicken. This – the ability to create what is called a sense of place, only happens with careful and often painstaking effort on the part of an author. That it is a learned skill is obvious not by its presence so much as by its absence. Who hasn't read a book with a plot that could have taken place anywhere? Where halfway through the book you ...

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