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<i>The Years</i> by Annie Ernaux: Memoir of a Generation
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The Years by Annie Ernaux: Memoir of a Generation

By Alice Lowe

I have no frame of reference for Ernaux’s memories of the restrictions and reconstruction of postwar Europe, of the domination of the Catholic Church and attending all-girl convent schools.  I’m not yet a part of her collective “we.” But then she describes a photo of herself in 1955, wearing a short-sleeved sweater, polka-dot skirt, and ballerina flats, and I see myself. Continue reading

The Travails of This Family: A Q & A with Melanie Hobson
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The Travails of This Family: A Q & A with Melanie Hobson

By Ericka Taylor

What I found interesting, in writing this book, was my growing awareness that these damaged people are nevertheless united by a strong sense of duty to one another, and that even within their difficult and often hurtful relationships, there is, at bottom, a real love for one another, something inviolable about family bonds. Continue reading

From Version 1.0 to “Great New Writer to Watch”: Q&A with James A. Maclaughlin
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From Version 1.0 to “Great New Writer to Watch”: Q&A with James A. Maclaughlin

by Evelyn Somers

“At first there was this impulse to undercut [suspense and mystery] with irony to show, I don’t know, that I was too smart and high-minded to mean it, but I didn’t do that, and it became fascinating to try and write the scenes and twists well, to go all in.” Continue reading