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"Lynn Freed is a beautiful writer, dead-on brilliant, rich in humor, possessing a dark and comforting wisdom."--Anne Lamott

Equal parts revelation and inspiration, Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home is a memoir of an exotic life, a meditation on the art and craft of writing, and a brilliant examination of the always complex relationship between fiction and life. 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, Lynn Freed tears off all fictional disguises and exposes the human being behind the artist. Learned, opinionated, and wickedly funny, Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home is essential reading for writers, readers, and anyone engaged in literature.

"Something for every writer, published or aspiring, to befriend over a period of years, a generous source of heat, heart, energy and consolation . . . Lynn Freed truly does inspire."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Distinguished by its emotional honesty and stylish prose."--Chicago Tribune

"In her keen-eyed and hilariously funny new book . . . novelist and memoirist Lynn Freed tells how writers deal with life's large and little tribulations."--O, The Oprah Magazine

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, which was named a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Sonoma, California.

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At once a memoir of an exotic life, a meditation on the art and craft of writing, and a brilliant examination of the always complex relationship between fiction and life, Lynn Freedand#8217;s critically acclaimed Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home surprises, instructs, and delights. With and#147;dark and comforting wisdomand#8221; (Anne Lamott) and and#147;great intellectual and emotional rangeand#8221; (Diane Johnson), Freed tears off all fictional disguises and exposes the human being behind the artist. A must-read for writers, readers, and anyone engaged in literature, Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home is destined to be a classic in the field of writing about writing.

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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 the Author

Lynn Freedand#160;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, which was named a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Sonoma, California.

Table of Contents

A Child's Reading

Honorary Son

Sex with the Servants

False Starts and Creative Failure

Embracing the Alien

Home on the Range

The Big Snore

Doing Time

Taming the Gorgon

Musgrave House

Not Much of a Funeral

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030342
Author:
Freed, Lynn
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Fiction -- Authorship.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Eleven black-and-white photos throughout
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 0.48 lb

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Product details 256 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156030342 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , At once a memoir of an exotic life, a meditation on the art and craft of writing, and a brilliant examination of the always complex relationship between fiction and life, Lynn Freedand#8217;s critically acclaimed Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home surprises, instructs, and delights. With and#147;dark and comforting wisdomand#8221; (Anne Lamott) and and#147;great intellectual and emotional rangeand#8221; (Diane Johnson), Freed tears off all fictional disguises and exposes the human being behind the artist. A must-read for writers, readers, and anyone engaged in literature, Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home is destined to be a classic in the field of writing about writing.

"Synopsis" by , 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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