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Can the past be discovered? Are memories only someone else’s recollections? Can we draw out the shadows deep within the crevices of the brain?
Goosetown, once a physical location in Akron, Ohio, and a place in Joyce Dyer’s childhood world, still lingers on the edge of the author’s perception. Dyer lived her first five years, the most significant five, some would say, in Goosetown, and had dismissed them as irrelevant because she couldn’t recover the images.
Years later, accompanied by her uncle, the self-proclaimed “Mayor of Goosetown,” the odd couple travels to unearth the lost years. Together they search for signs and symbols to jar recollections. Dyer weaves her story from the traces that remain: memories of relatives, public records, letters, and diaries. Facing a present with streets and buildings that have disappeared with urban progress, can Dyer ever find her real home?
Goosetown is a story of recovery, a story of discovery, and a story of melancholy. Take a ride with the Mayor of Goosetown. You’ll enjoy the scenery.
University of Akron Press
Creative non-fiction, memoir, Akron
Dyer, Joyce, "Goosetown: Reconstructing an Akron Neighborhood" (2009). The University of Akron Press Publications. 129.