Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0803246928
ISBN-10: 0803246927
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This collection of essays, edited by memoirist Castro (Island of Bones), shares the ruminations of 25 memoirists (including Robin Hemley, Dinty W. Moore, and Mimi Schwartz) on the troubles, strategies, and results of writing about family, and how to deal with the ensuing consequences for family relationships. Most of the contributors understand the lack of easy answers when writing about family, and simply share their experiences, successes, and failures. Though the collection contains the occasional we write because we must cliché, the book's standouts include Ariel Gore's The Part I Can't Tell You, in which she talks about the difficulty of choosing how to tell stories as she slowly releases information about her stepfather's death. Another highlight is Alison Bechdel's What the Little Old Ladies Feel, which succinctly and bluntly sums up the impossibility of baring a person's secrets without hurting them. Meanwhile, Richard Hoffman's Like Rain on Dust both acknowledges issues relating to writing and family while firmly arguing for the need for some stories to be told in public. The collection may hold the general reader's interest only as a curiosity, but for any writer of memoirs, it's a must-read. (Oct.)


"For any writer of memoirs . . . a must-read."—Publishers Weekly
(Publishers Weekly 2013-08-19)

"[Family Trouble is] a well-balanced panoply of family-centric musings from authors conflicted between responsibility and retribution."—Kirkus

"Those who are writing in the genre would benefit greatly from these authors' self-questions, doubts, and concerns for others whose silences they have broken."—Lavona Reeves, Great Plains Quarterly
(Lavona Reeves Great Plains Quarterly)

"Writers of memoir will find this book helpful in thinking through their own decisions; readers of memoir will be interested in understanding the anguish that goes on behind the scenes."—Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune
(Laurie Hertzel Star Tribune 2013-10-12)

“The writers in Joy Castro’s Family Trouble tell moving stories that probe the ethics of our choices and their consequences when we write about our family members. I know I’ll be recommending this book to my students for years to come.”—Lee Martin, author of Such a Life and From Our House

  (Lee Martin 2013-03-07)

“What a valuable anthology! And how many times over the years I have taught creative nonfiction would I have reached for this anthology, with its testimonies to the fine lines these writers have drawn, and crossed, and recrossed, and regretted, and celebrated.”—Mary Clearman Blew, author of This Is Not the Ivy League

(Mary Clearman Blew 2013-04-03)

Product details

  • File Size: 1782 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (October 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EAMNB32
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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