Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home by Lynn Freed
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.


About Lynn Freed

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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.
Published September 5, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Freed, author of five novels and, most recently, the story collection The Curse of the Appropriate Man , offers insights into her writing and her life in 11 clean

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Chicago Tribune

"Writers on the Air: Conversations About Books" collects these interviews, primarily with fiction writers but also poets, creative-non-fiction writers and such genre crossers as cartoonist and novelist Lynda Barry.

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