This is How it Ends is set on Chicago's South Side and is told mostly from the perspective of a young African American girl, especially early on. However, her adult voice is also present to provide closure when the child is unable to do so.
I hold an M.A. in writing, had an interview published in Pleiades and have been promoting This is How it Ends at readings, on my blog, and at various Web sites. I did readings initially to determine if I should continue writing it for publication.
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Although I’m not very knowledgeable about the literary memoir genre, I have a great respect for authors who can do it well. I only have a very hazy recollection of my own childhood, with everything jumbled together into a few memories and images before the age of ten; so anyone who can provide a detailed, almost day-to-day account of their formative years is someone who I admire. “This is how it Ends” is a memoir of the years from the mid-Sixties to the mid-Seventies, growing up with a dysfunctional family in Chicago. It’s a complex book that seamlessly weaves historical events into the story of child growing up in a dysfunctional family. There are references to national and global events such as the First Summer of Love, the Chicago West Side riots, Altamont and the murder of Meredith Hunter, the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the experiences encountered by many children growing up in that era. The author puts you right in the house where she grew up, with all the sounds and smells and tastes her well-written prose conjures up. It’s this, along with the humor and empathy of her observations, that makes the book a fascinating read.