My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir

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Tin House Books
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author
Jenn Shapland's work won a 2017 Pushcart Prize and fellowships/residencies at Ucross, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Yaddo, the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, and Vermont Studio Center. Her essays have been published in Tin House, THE Magazine, Pastelegram, The Lifted Brow, Electric Literature, NANOfiction, and The Millions. She teaches in the Creative Writing department at the Institute of American Indian Arts and has a PhD in English from UT Austin. She designs and makes clothing for Agnes. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A fascinating and intimate examination of the work of archives, research and historic preservation as well as the arc of identity and social construction. . . . [an] idiosyncratic and entirely winning book.
My Autobiography Of Carson McCullers asks sharp questions not just about the details of McCullers' life but, more broadly, how we understand historical figures who confound the social expectations of their time (and our own) and how, in turn, they can help us understand ourselves.
A moving record of love at the margins.
The kind of state-of-the-form reckoning that makes one wish there were more like it.
An intriguing, genre-blending debut.
Mind-bending!--Emma Straub, Books Are Magic
A beautifully written and hard-to-categorize meditation on Carson McCullers and the hidden literary history of queer women.
A mystery, a love story, a biography, several hearts on the page--I so loved this generous offering.--Molly Moore, BookPeople
A treatise on seeing yourself in someone else.
An exquisitely rendered map of discovery--of an icon, and of a self.
This book will change the way you think about the truth.
Shapland brings a sharp modern lens to her reading of McCullers' (and her own) life.
Following along with Shapland-as-detective is a delight, and the mystery she sets out to solve is one of those wicked unsolvables: how do we account for the apertures in language, history, and identity?
This book uncovers ways women's queer history has been ignored. It's a personal, powerful, genre-bending account of literary discovery.
Two books in one: an examination of a famous author whose narrative has been posthumously taken away from her, but also a vital memoir of Shapland's own experience as a queer woman looking for stories about people like her.
Positively breathtaking.
Stimulating . . . part fan letter, part detective story, and part steely corrective.
A succinct, thought-provoking exploration of women's sexuality and the language that has been used to describe and limit our desires throughout history.
Gorgeous, symphonic, tender, and brilliant.--Carmen Maria Machado, author of In The Dream House
Lucid, distilled, and honest.--Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts
Remarkable. . . . A biography that's also a memoir, a story of obsession and longing.--R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries
A gorgeous, brilliant book.
A beautiful consideration of the nature of proof, and of self and identity and queerness and history and progress.