Monday, February 13, 2012

Emily M. Danforth shares her favorite moments from The Miseducation of Cameron Post

I had a very good time creating and inhabiting and utilizing the character of Grandma Post. In fact, I came to love her scenes so much that she eventually emerged on the page much more fully than I’d probably originally intended. Now that I’ve been done writing about her for quite awhile I actually miss her sometimes. That probably sounds strange, but it’s true.

And so, in her honor, I give you: The Top Ten (Funny/Awkward/Old Fashioned/Endearing) Bits of Dialogue from Grandma Post 

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief she’ll never have to tell them that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief soon turns to heartbreak, as Cam is forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and not making waves, and Cam becomes an expert at this—especially at avoiding any questions about her sexuality.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. To Cam’s surprise, she and Coley become best friends—while Cam secretly dreams of something more. Just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, her secret is exposed. Ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self—even if she’s not quite sure who that is.

10. "Go on and hand me that navy, will you?" She pointed with her hooks to a tube of yarn in a basket near my feet. "And don’t drip that thing all over my floor while you’re doing it." 119 (In reference to the delicious Schwan’s sherbet Push-Em Cam is enjoying.)

9. "No picture show tonight, huh?" Page 238

8. "Now the fellas she was dating back when your folks got married—all hat and no cattle, those guys, and Ruth was just something to wear on the arm." Page 119

7. "Your Jamie called twice tonight."
"He’s not my Jamie, Grandma."
"Well he’s sure as hell not mine. Whose is he if he’s not yours?" page 186

6. "I’m cuttin’ up a watermelon, and we can have Ritz and cheddar for lunch." page 5

5. "Don’t look at me girl," she said, still mixing in the mayo thick. "You brought this on yourself." page 261

4. "What is it, Spunky?" page 349 (She actually uses Spunky as her term of endearment for Cam several times throughout the novel.)

3. "You do what they say. Read your Bible. You’ll be just fine." page 262

2. "I don’t know why he thinks those queer jokes are so damned funny." page 355

1. "It’s too hot for shenanigans, Cameron. But we gals can still have us a time." page 1

Emily was born and raised in Miles City, Montana, a town best known for its Bucking Horse Sale-which was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the most intoxicated people, per capita, of any US event. She obsessively collects erasers, large-letter linen postcards from the 1940s, snow-globes, and neologisms. (She has an iced-coffee addiction, too.)



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