Minnesota Historical Society

Halfway Home: A Granddaughter's Biography

$ 14.95

"My grandmother, Mae Kirwin, scared me." With that disturbing, distant memory, mystery novelist Mary Logue begins her exploration of the life of her mother's mother, who died more than thirty years ago.

Mae McNally Kirwin was born in 1894 in Chokio, a small prairie community in western Minnesota. In 1926, the sudden death of her husband left Mae tosupport herself and her five children. These facts were well known, but for Logue, they were not enough. Determined to get to know her grandmother better, Logue sets out toassemble the bits and pieces of her grandmother's life. Along the way, Logue takes the reader--and herself--on a journey of discovery. Digging through forgotten bank records, old newspapers, handwritten census forms, family documents, and faded recipes, she pieces together the past. In the process, she tells a much larger story--that of a community, a way of life, a family, and a single woman's struggle to survive in a world that is both harsh and richly rewarding.


  • By: Mary Logue
  • Format: Paper, 201 pp., photographs, notes, bibliography
  • Publisher: MNHS Press
  • Product ##: 978-0873513319

Mary Logue is author of many mysteries, children's books, and several books of poetry.



Praise for Halfway Home:

"This book is written in the fine rhythm of the Midwest, concise, full of detail, direct, simple, thoughtful. It is a pleasure to read, stories unfold. Mary Logue did a beautiful job." -- Natalie Goldberg, author of BananaRose and Writing Down the Bones


"My highest and most heartfelt praise for Halfway Home is that it reads like a novel. In Mary Logue's skilled hands the story comes alive, the family is flesh and blood. From the very first line I was hooked. Logue needn't ever worry about Mae becoming invisible; this woman of history is as real, as present, as anyone." -- Judith Guest, author of Ordinary People

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