Results of the Golden Kite Award in the year 1991.
Growing up in a house full of women, fourteen-year-old Grayling learns to deal with death, love, and the unanswered questions raised by her widowed mother's apparent abandonment.
Every story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. That’s the way it is at grandmother’s house where tea is served each day at four and tales of death and divorce, illness and abandonment are shared by grandmother’s circle of friends. The women watch over one another and eveyone watches over Grayling — whose own story has never been told her to hear.
But in a summer of many changes, fourteen-year-old Grayling encounters love and romance, joy and saddness… and the need to know her own story — from the very beginning.
It’s a place where life and love begin, and loss is borne.
Mothers give birth in the borning room. The dying take their departure there.
Ouside the Lott family’s Ohio farmhouse, the Civil War rages, slavery falls, and the world marvels at the wonder of electricity. Inside, within the walls of the borning room, Georgina Lott will experience her life’s greatest turnings. Across the years, she discovers womanhood and first love, experiences the mourning that comes with loss, and, as did her mother and grandmother, at last takes her place in the room as another precious life is about to begin.
The borning room is a room that figures large in the life of an Ohio farm girl born in 1851. Through its doorway pass the members of a free thinking family, bearing news of the world beyond the window: talk of runaway slaves, the siege of Vicksburg, seances, chloroform, electricity. In this heartfelt and haunting work, an account of one life, one family, and one room widens into a panoramic view of the human seasons and the procession of generations.