Freeman's: Family

Freeman's: Family

by John Freeman

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A diverse anthology of new fiction, essays, poetry, and photography exploring the subject of family from this “illustrious new literary journal” (

Following his acclaimed debut issue of collected writing on the theme of “Arrival,” the renowned editor and critic John Freeman circles a topic of constantly shifting definitions and endless fascination for writers: family.

In an essay called “Crossroads,” Aminatta Forna muses on the legacy of slavery as she settles her family in Washington, DC—a place where she is routinely accused of cutting in line when she stands next to her white husband. 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. Novelist Claire Messud’s writes of the two four-legged tyrants in her home; Sandra Cisneros muses about her extended family of past lovers; and Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his uncle’s desperate attempt to remain a communist despite decades in the Soviet gulag.

With outstanding, never-before-published pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers alike, Freeman’s: Family collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life emerging today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802190444
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Freeman's Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 5 MB

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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