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Non-Fiction

  • My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Jenn Shapland
    Tin House Books, 9781947793286, February 4, 2020 (Non-Fiction)

    “An internship assignment that becomes an obsession leads to self-discovery. Sometimes it is in trying to understand others that we find ourselves, our path, our affirmation. This interweaving of stories and lives is intimately captured in Shapland’s writing style.”

    -Nadine Melahn, CoffeeTree Books (Morehead, KY)

    “Shapland's book intertwines her experience of archiving Carson McCullers’ personal effects with a fresh understanding of McCullers’ life as a lesbian through the deep examination of therapy transcripts, love letters, and a residency in McCullers’ childhood home filled with her everyday household objects. Shapland’s work closes the gap between researcher and subject and lays bare the bias inherent in any biography. The book’s vignettes alternate between McCullers’ life and Shapland’s, creating the sensation of peeking in the window at moments in both women’s lives and coming away with a deeper knowledge of McCullers through her effect on Shapland.”

    -Mimi Hannan, La Playa Books (San Diego, CA)

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