Freeman's: Family: The Best New Writing on Family

Freeman's: Family: The Best New Writing on Family

by John Freeman (Editor)


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Freeman's: Family is the second literary anthology in the series reviewers are calling “bold” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) and “refreshing” (Chicago Literati). Following a debut issue on the theme of “Arrival,” Freeman circles a new topic whose definition is constantly challenged by the best of our writers: family.

In an essay called "Crossroads," Aminatta Forna muses on the legacy of slavery as she settles her family in Washington, DC, where she is constantly accused of cutting in line whenever she stands next to her white husband. Families are hardly stable entities, so many writers discover. Award-winning novelist Claire Vaye Watkins delivers a stunning portrait of a woman in the throes of postpartum depression. Booker Prize winner Marlon James takes the focus off absent fathers to write about his mother, who calls to sing him happy birthday every year. Even in the darkest moments, humor abounds. In Claire Messud’s home there are two four-legged tyrants; Sandra Cisneros writes about her extended family of past lovers; and Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his uncle's return from the Soviet gulag.

With outstanding work from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers alike, Freeman's: Family collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802125262
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Freeman's Series , #2
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Tales of Two Cities: the Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York. He is executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.

Table of Contents

Introduction John Freeman vii

Seven Shorts

Sunjeev Sahota 1

Angela Flournoy 4

Adania Shibli 7

Colin Robinson 9

Heather O'Neill 15

Édouard Louis 19

Nadifa Mohamed 24

Crossroads Aminatta Forna 31

Lost Letter #1 From Phillis Wheatley, of Boston, to Arbour Tanner, of Newport

Lost Letter #2 From Obour Tanner, Newport, to Phillis Wheatley, Boston Honorée Fanonne Jeffers 55

A Family Name Garnette Cadogan 61

Little Jewel Patrick Modiano 73

Nola Amanda Rea 87

Ode to My Sister Amaryllis Ode Victuals Dream Ode Sharon Olds 95

A Tomb for Uncle Julius Aleksandar Hemon 101

Tunnel Mo Yan 119

One Day I Will Write About My Mother Marlon James 131

Tell Me How It Ends (An Essay in Forty Questions) Valeria Luiselli 141

The Selected Works of Abdullah (The Cossack) H.M. Naqvi 185

Letter to a Warrior Athena Farrokhzad 217

When Living Is a Protest Ruddy Roye

Ema César Aira 229

10-Item Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale Claire Vaye Watkins 233

Wild Tracy K. Smith 243

If There Was No Moon Joanna Kavenna 245

You Better Not Put Me in a Poem Sandra Cisneros 257

Going to the Dogs Claire Messud 269

Rich Children Alexander Chee 279

Inside Voices David Kirby 287

This Old Self Helen Garner 291

Contributor Notes 297

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