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Freeman's: Family: The Best New Writing on Family (Paperback)

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The most recent anthology of cutting-edge literature from long-time Granta editor John Freeman is all about the glorious (and troubled) place we call home. Matching the Golden State’s diversity of landscape and demographics, the collection offers new work from 30 authors, including William Vollmann (covering the Carr Fire), Rabih Alameddine (remembering San Francisco during the AIDS crisis), Tommy Orange (conjuring a potentially suicidal would-be bank robber), and Santa Cruz’s own Karen Tei Yamashita (sharing the correspondence of a Japanese American man visiting Hiroshima shortly after the bombing). In piece after piece, the writing is poignant, compelling, and thought provoking.

— Rico

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Freeman's: Family is the second literary anthology in the series reviewers are calling "bold" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) and "refreshing" (Chicago Literati). Following a debut issue on the theme of "Arrival," Freeman circles a new topic whose definition is constantly challenged by the best of our writers: family.

In an essay called "Crossroads," Aminatta Forna muses on the legacy of slavery as she settles her family in Washington, DC, where she is constantly accused of cutting in line whenever she stands next to her white husband. Families are hardly stable entities, so many writers discover. Award-winning novelist Claire Vaye Watkins delivers a stunning portrait of a woman in the throes of postpartum depression. Booker Prize winner Marlon James takes the focus off absent fathers to write about his mother, who calls to sing him happy birthday every year. Even in the darkest moments, humor abounds. In Claire Messud's home there are two four-legged tyrants; Sandra Cisneros writes about her extended family of past lovers; and Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his uncle's return from the Soviet gulag.

With outstanding work from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers alike, Freeman's: Family collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life today.

About the Author


John Freeman was the editor of "Granta" until 2013. His books include "How to Read a Novelist" and "Tales of Two Cities: the Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York." He is executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the "New Yorker," the "New York Times," and the "Paris Review."


Product Details
ISBN: 9780802125262
ISBN-10: 0802125263
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English
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Last Updated At: 11/18/2020 06:41am
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