The Escape Artist

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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Helen Fremont is the author of the national bestseller After Long Silence. Her works of fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, Ploughshares, and The Harvard Review. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, she has been a teaching fellow at Bread Loaf and a teaching fellow at the Radcliffe Institute. From 1999-2008 she was a Scholar in the Women's Studies Research Center Scholars Program at Brandeis University. She works as a public defender and lives with her wife in Boston.

"Helen Fremont has rendered a devastating family portrait of the intergenerational trauma that can torment the children of Holocaust survivors. Beautifully written, honest, and psychologically astute. A must read."--Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author of THE LIARS' CLUB
"[A] crackling second book, The Escape Artist is a standalone work. Graceful, gracious, and...engrossing."--Alexandra Styron "The New York Times Book Review"
"The Escape Artist does what the best memoirs do by forcing readers out of their own comfy shoes and into those of another human being. By the time Helen Fremont returned me to my own life at book's end, I found it had been both shaken and expanded by hers. Isn't this why we read?"--Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Chances Are... and Empire Falls "The New York Times Book Review"
"Fremont has created a humane, honest, eviscerating but entertaining exploration of intimate betrayal, the legacy of secrets and the high cost of truth-telling. I was gripped by this powerful and utterly engrossing memoir and remain haunted by the characters and feelings it aroused. From what was taken away, Fremont has given to all of us."--George Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Bettyville "The New York Times Book Review"
"[A] wrenching, riveting memoir. . . . With hard-won clarity and compassion, Fremont shows herself to be a teller of complex truths and a literary artist."--Margo Jefferson, New York Times bestselling and NBCC Award winning author of Negroland "The New York Times Book Review"
"A stunner of a family memoir--a harrowing, sometimes mordantly funny account of the wages of secrecy bred of war and dislocation. . . . A page-turner of uncommon valor."--Patricia Hampl, bestselling author of The Art of the Wasted Day and A Romantic Education "The New York Times Book Review"
"What an extraordinary memoir this is. The brute force of history casts its shadow on the intimate tangle of family life, in a story that is riveting to read. Its mysteries are contemplated so beautifully, I felt it was a book that would stay with me for a very long time."--Joan Silber, NBCC and Pen/Faulkner Award-winning author of Improvement "The New York Times Book Review"
"Powerful . . . The Escape Artist is a psychological thriller as well as a shattering account of growing up in a family that has survived genocide and refuse to acknowledge it."--Helen Epstein, bestselling author of Children of the Holocaust and The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma "The New York Times Book Review"
"Being disowned by your family six weeks after your father's funeral is excellent material for a memoir, but in this astounding and vibrant book, that's just the beginning. With humor and plaintiveness, Fremont mines the crushing toll that intergenerational denial and secret-keeping has on her family, and in the process discovers the extreme cost and virtue of revelation. A luminous and psychologically attuned portrayal of trauma."--Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life "The New York Times Book Review"
"A haunting book about the cost -- and necessity -- of truth."--Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life "People"
"A riveting exploration of trauma and its aftermath."--Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life "Booklist"
"One would be hard-pressed to find a family without secrets, but the secrets in Helen Fremont's family were especially heavy to bear. After being legally disavowed from her father's will, Fremont found the freedom to untangle the individual threads in her knotted family for the first time--and the result is illuminating, smart and darkly funny."--Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life "BookPage"
"Read the book. In openly confronting the consequences of telling family stories -- twice, after bad results the first time! -- Fremont takes the reader along with her on the risky moon shot that is family memoir. With this eloquent guide, it is a difficult tour worth taking."--Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life "The Washington Post"