Small Fires

Product Number: EB00665104
Released: Mar 27, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781936747382
Publisher: Sarabande Books
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A collection of essays from the author of Same-Sexy Marriage. "A painfully honest but beautiful journey . . . Heartfelt and hopeful" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune). This is a daughter's story. In Small Fires, Julie Marie Wade recreates the landscape of her childhood with a lacemaker's care, then turns that precise attention on herself. There are floating tea lights in the bath, coddled blossoms in the garden, and a mother straddling her teenage daughter's back, astringent in hand, to better scrub her not-quite-presentable pores. And throughout, Wade traces this lost world with the same devotion as her mother among her award-winning roses. Small Fires is essay as elegy, but it is also essay as parsing, reconciliation, and celebration, all in the attempt to answer the question-what have you given up in order to become who you are? "Reckoning with imperfect parents-what they owe us and what we owe them-is one of the chief tasks of these essays, which form a kind of pointillistic autobiography. Another is the construction of memories, even imagined, in which understanding and forgiveness trump judgment and hate . . . Throughout, the writing is sharp, surprising, and precise." -The Boston Globe "In Small Fires, Julie Marie Wade . . . considers family and memory with a poetic eye and unabashed tongue . . . [It] is Julie Marie Wade's story, but the collection opens onto something universal-how we individuate from our family, how we become ourselves, what we carry forward from our pasts and make our own." -Lambda Literary "A book of essays that left me transfixed and transformed through brilliant prose and ideas. It's like finding a time capsule of nostalgic treasures." -Brevity

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