No Relation

No Relation

by Paula Carter

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ISBN-13: 9781625579812
Publisher: Black Lawrence Press
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 115
Sales rank: 687,206
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Paula Carter's essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Salon, and Southern Humanities Review. She is a professional freelance writer who has contributed to publications including Writer's Digest and Creative Nonfiction. Based in Chicago, she is part of the nonfiction storytelling scene and a company member with 2nd Story. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was the Darrell Burton Fellow in Creative Writing and fiction editor for the Indiana Review.

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No Relation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paula Carter's collection of flash essays, mostly memoir is about the families we make and lose, the burden/gift of memory, and the hidden narratives of almost-motherhood. I was happy to see a narrative that's so underrepresented in our culture given voice. The micro-stories put you smack-dab in the middle of everyday moments, and there is a lot of gentle and self-deprecating humor throughout. All the while, No Relation raises profound questions about how we find our place in this world, how we wrestle with our own expectations of how our life will unfold, and how we navigate the roles prescribed to us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paula Carter’s new book, No Relation, tells a story about the ‘modern’ blended family from an uncommon perspective in an uncommon form. Each vignette, through poignant detail, tries to come closer to understanding what it means to love someone, what it means to mother, and what it means to forge a new path for yourself, and in doing so pioneers a new form. Carter mines the depth of her own heart, as well as public radio, OED, fairy tales, footnotes, scientific detail, and self-help books to form an incredibly smart, funny, and brutally honest memoir. Also, as a former Chicago resident, I loved seeing the city rendered so beautifully.