Hot Springs, Arkansas

An article from Southern Cultures 17:3, The Memory Issue

By Keith Maillard

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  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-8281-8
    Published: September 2011
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    Published: September 2011

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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for the Study of the American South

Hot Springs, Arkansas

by Keith Maillard

World War II-era Hot Springs is the foundation for this author’s story, a tale about his family’s crumbling dynamics in troublesome times.

“‘Well, of course I remember Pearl Harbor,’ my mother says, the tone of her voice adding,What do you think I am, an idiot? She and my grandmother were working in the shop when they heard on the radio that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. She was five months pregnant with me. It was a Sunday. They’d never heard of Pearl Harbor.”

About the Author

Keith Maillard was born and raised in West Virginia. Currently the Chair of the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia, he is the author of thirteen novels and one poetry collection. “Hot Springs” is based upon a chapter from his forthcoming memoir, Fatherless.
For more information about Keith Maillard, visit the Author Page.