This issue of Granta excavates histories both personal and political: repressed memories, unexplored lives, forgotten wars, secret careers.
Americans, speaking of foreign lands, often say, 'It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.'
‘In the imagination of strangers there is a small town in America which represents not just itself but the whole country‘.
‘I had been living abroad for twelve years and I was gaun hame, maybe forever, maybe a month.‘
‘Afterwards Ellen liked to say she had once been to America but couldn't remember it very well.‘
‘Pussy and elephants. That's all these people want.‘
‘About forty per cent of Americans describe themselves as 'born again', a designation that covers a great many separate creeds, even, these days, a certain strain of Roman Catholicism.‘
‘I belong to the last generation of Americans obsessed with Europe and intimidated by it.’
‘We still miss Miss Winstanley very much. She was a lovely lady, and certainly the life and soul of the party around Pilcher House during her time here.‘
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