Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home

Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home : Life on the Page

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Equal parts revelation and inspiration, these eleven essays combine a memoir of an exotic life, reflections on the art and craft of writing, and a brilliant examination of the always complex relationship between fiction and life. An account of translating a difficult mother into fiction, "Taming the Gorgon," becomes a poignant and hilarious meditation on the intricate knot binding mothers and daughters. The story of a scandal created by publication, "Sex with the Servants," becomes an inquiry into the porous boundary between private truth and public betrayal. Whether examining the difference between a story told and a story written, or describing the trials and rigors of teaching writing to pay the rent, Freed surprises, instructs, and entertains. Learned, opinionated, and wickedly funny, Freed tears off all fictional disguises and exposes the human being behind the artist. For writers, readers, or anyone engaged in literature, this is essential reading.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 134.6 x 185.4 x 22.9mm | 340.2g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 015101132X
  • 9780151011322
  • 2,136,455

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR READING, WRITING, AND LEAVING HOME "Lynn Freed is a beautiful writer, dead-on brilliant, rich in humor, possessing a dark and comforting wisdom."- Anne LaMott "Freed's voice is individual-funny, sharp, trenchant, and with a great intellectual and emotional range. She is especially witty and smart in this form. This is a wonderful collection." - Diane Johnson
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About Lynn Freed

LYNN FREED is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of five highly praised novels and a short story collection, The Curse of the Appropriate Man. She lives in Sonoma, California.
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