Author: John Freeman
Title: Freeman’s 2 The Best New Writing on Family
Print Length: 208
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch
Format: PDF, ePub, mobi, azw, kf8, txt, ibook, Kindle
Following a spectacular debut issue on the theme of ‘Arrival’, Freeman circles a new topic whose definition is constantly challenged by the best of our writers: family. The issue opens with Aminatta Forna musing on the legacy of slavery as she settles her mixed race British and African family in the city of 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. Recent Booker finalists Sunjeev Sahota and Marlon James remember the way work stretched the limits of their childhood networks. Even in the darkest moments, humor abounds. In Claire Messud’s home there are two four-legged tyrants – one of them a deaf-blind dachshund who has to be carried everywhere, Sandra Cisneros writes a bitingly humorous piece on the extended family of her past lovers, and Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his uncle’s desperate attempt to remain a communist in spite of decades in the Soviet gulag. With outstanding, never-before-published pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers this second issue of Freeman’s circles the globe and collects the most amusing, heartbreaking and probing stories about family life emerging today.