Growing Up in a Small Town

I grew up in Sutherlin, Oregon, a town of about 1,500 in 1960, when I was ten years old. As kids, my siblings and I, the “Dage kids,” had the run of the town, and nearly everyone knew my older brother, my younger sister and me. And they knew our parents as well: Helen, my mother, who was a “housewife”; and my father, Emmit, the “logger.” One of the themes in “TK” has to do with buried secrets: How can the residents of a fictional town, Oak Creek, where Eddy and Em grew up, keep silent about horrific “secrets” like child abuse, which everyone knows about?

Quote of the Day:

“Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.”  E.L. Doctorow

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