WINNER — 2017 RED HEN PRESS NONFICTION AWARDSHORTLISTED —2018 AMERICAN BEST BOOK, AUTOBIOGRAPHYSHORTLISTED — 2019 RUBERY INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD, NONFICTION
Inspired by a brother’s high school science project—a perpetual motion machine that could save the world— The Perpetual Motion Machine is a memoir in essays that attempts to save a sibling by depicting the visceral pain that accompanies longing for some past impossibility. The collection has been a science project in its study of memory, in the calculation and plotting of the moments that make up a childhood. The preparation has been “in the field” in that it is built upon the gathering of lived experience; the evidence is photo albums, family interviews, and anecdotes from friends. The project has been one giant experiment—to see if they can all make it out alive.
|Publisher:||Red Hen Press|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Brittany Ackerman is a writer from Riverdale, New York. She earned her BA in English from Indiana University and graduated from Florida Atlantic University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. She is a Critical Studies instructor at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she teaches Archetypal Psychology as well as Applied Logic and Critical Thinking. She was the Red Hen Press 2017 Nonfiction Award Winner, as well as the AWP Intro Journals Project Award Nominee in 2015. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Siel: At long last, your book is (almost) out! Has the completion and publication of this book brought some sense of closure or changed your relationship to or thoughts about your past experiences in any way?
Brittany: Rather than closure, I feel the upcoming pub date has made me rethink the past. I just recently heard a great quote from Orson Welles, “No story has a happy ending unless you stop telling it before it’s over.” I think a lot of readers might want more of a “happy ending” to my book, but the truth is that the issues and emotional turmoil are still happening, will probably always be happening, and I will always be trying to make sense of it in my stories and with my words.