Friday, June 24, 2011

Pitch Uncertain:: A Mid-Century Middle Daughter Finds Her Voice by Maisie Houghton

Houghton, née Kinnicutt, grew up the middle of three girls in an East Coast family and, in 15 linked essays, now recounts her early life, from her '40s childhood to her '60s wedding and Radcliffe graduation, painting a portrait of a family unhappy in its very own way. The love between her steady, practical mother and freewheeling, mostly absent father withered early. He was charming but mercurial, and her overworked mother, Sybil, was plagued by sadness. The family is awash in intriguing connections, to J.P. Morgan, author Elizabeth Etnier, artist Gardner Cox, and others.

Before my time, I found Pitch Uncertain to be a candid look at growing up in the fifties and sixties.  Sure, from someone looking in, everything seems to be perfect.  Every family has their ups and downs and little quirks and Maisie's was no exception.  Pitch Uncertain tells the story of Maisie growing up and finding her way in the world.  But not only that, but she looks back and pinpoints who and what has helped shape her into her.   She writes eloquently and forthright, with an attention to detail that helps configure an impression in the reader's mind.  If you enjoy reading memoir's, don't miss Maisie's story!


Maisie Houghton, author of Pitch Uncertain: A Mid-Century Middle Daughter Finds Her Voice, was born in New York City, grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the fifties and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1962. With her husband, she has lived in Corning, New York, for over forty years. Pitch Uncertain is her first book.

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