We interviewed relatives…. The discussions were lively; people disagreed about what had happened in the past. My great-grandfather had been murdered in Russia. My great uncle, a man in his late 60s, described the murder to us and as he did, he cried. That moment stayed with me.
by Ronna Wineberg
We had all come from Russia when I was ten. That is what I told everyone I met in Chicago, as if we’d decided to come here and we did, as if we’d planned our journey with excitement, packed our suitcases, and then boarded the ship.
by Terry Hong
“A totally kick-ass strong female – that was most key for me.”
“I’m fascinated by the in-between, the doorway. I often wonder if I’m actually living, or just being dreamed by some greater consciousness. I mean, how would I know, really?”
by Nicki Leone
I always find myself arguing on behalf of the book in situations like these . . . The author didn’t write this book to tell you what you want to hear, I point out, he wrote it because he had something to say. So what was it?
by Terry Hong
“That stepping outside of who you are—there are definite ways to do so. If you have the passion, please do.”
by Lisa Peet
These stories are a memento mori for difficult lives: As I am, so could you be, far more easily than you can imagine. Clever, and darkly funny, This Is Not an Accident is also mournfully intelligent about the human condition.