Family Stories from the Attic: Bringing letters and archives alive through creative nonfiction, flash narratives, and poetry
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"Using letters, photos, a scrapbook, more, these writers share the lovely tales of their sleuthing in the metaphorical attics of their families. Poignant, self-exploratory and tender, these stories are moving accounts of diverse historical tapestries. Especially memorable is Amy Wang Manning's wonderful story of piecing together her family saga using an old Taiwanese household registry--it will stay with you." Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, author of the novel Sarong Party Girls, and A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family
"I love the idea that the editors of Family Stories from the Attic welcomed poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. I enjoyed the mix, and the way it opens doors for the present day writers to apply their style and form to what they found "in the attic." Yvonne Stephens turns her grandfather's letter into a poem that you know he would have admired. Pam Parker blends her grandmother's letters with bits of her own story. Others bring history to life with creative nonfiction and dynamic colors of flash. I love them all, and wish I could reel time back to write about what I found in my mother's journal . . . maybe write it good enough to be accepted for publication in Attic. Mom would love that." Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio, author of Shut Up & Write!