My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir (Kobo eBook)

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.95

Description


FINALIST FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDALS FOR EXCELLENCE

“Gorgeous, symphonic, tender, and brilliant, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers is a monumental achievement." —Carmen Maria Machado

How do you tell the real story of someone misremembered—an icon and idol—alongside your own? Jenn Shapland’s celebrated debut is both question and answer: an immersive, surprising exploration of one of America’s most beloved writers, alongside a genre-defying examination of identity, queerness, memory, obsession, and love.

Shapland is a graduate student when she first uncovers letters written by Carson McCullers to a woman named Annemarie. Though Shapland recognizes herself in the letters, which are intimate and unabashed in their feelings, she does not see McCullers as history has portrayed her. Her curiosity gives way to fixation, not just with this newly discovered side of McCullers’s life, but with how we tell queer love stories. Why, Shapland asks, are the stories of women paved over by others’ narratives? What happens when constant revision is required of queer women trying to navigate and self-actualize in straight spaces? And what might the tracing of McCullers’s life—her history, her secrets, her legacy—reveal to Shapland about herself?

In smart, illuminating prose, Jenn Shapland interweaves her own story with McCullers’s to create a vital new portrait of one of our nation’s greatest literary treasures, and shows us how the writers we love and the stories we tell about ourselves make us who we are.

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781947793293
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Language: