Family Trouble Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family

ISBN-10: 0803246927
ISBN-13: 9780803246928
Edition: 2013
Authors: Joy Castro
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Description: Whenever a memoirist gives a reading, someone in the audience is sure to ask: How did your family react? Revisiting our pasts and exploring our experiences, we often reveal more of our nearest and dearest than they might prefer. At a moment when the  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748

Whenever a memoirist gives a reading, someone in the audience is sure to ask: How did your family react? Revisiting our pasts and exploring our experiences, we often reveal more of our nearest and dearest than they might prefer. At a moment when the memoir has gained enormous cultural currency, this volume navigates the emotional and literary minefields that any writer of family stories or secrets must travel when depicting private lives for public consumption.Essays by twenty-five memoirists, including Faith Adiele, Alison Bechdel, Jill Christman, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Rigoberto González, Robin Hemley, Dinty W. Moore, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Mimi Schwartz, explore the fraught territory of family history told from one perspective, which, from another angle in the family drama, might appear quite different indeed. In her introduction to this book, Joy Castro, herself a memoirist, explores the ethical dilemmas of writing about family and offers practical strategies for this tricky but necessary subject.A sustained and eminently readable lesson in the craft of memoir, particularly in the often inescapable realm of family, Family Trouble serves as a practical guide for writers to find their own version of the truth while still respecting family boundaries.  

Introduction: Mapping Hope
Drawing Lines
Chewing Band-Aids: One Memoirist's Take on the Telling of Family Secrets
Sally Could Delete Whatever She Wanted
Case by Case: When It Comes to Family You Still Have to Talk To
At Its Center
The Day I Cried at Starbucks
Memory Lessons
The Part I Can't Tell You
The Right to Speak
What the Little Old Ladies Feel: How I Told My Mother about My Memoir
Truths We Could Live With
Writing the Black Family Home
The Deeper End of the Quarry: Fiction, Nonfiction, and the Family Dilemma
Mama's Voices
Living in Someone Else's Closet
Filling the Silence
The True Story
I Might Be Famous
A Spell against Sorrow: Writing My Father In
Things We Don't Talk About
You Can't Burn Everything
Done with Grief: The Memoirist's Illusion
Conversations of Hope
The Seed Book
Calling Back
Like Rain on Dust
The Bad Asian Daughter
Your Mother Should Know
Writing about Family
Gratitude
Source Acknowledgments
Contributors

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