Saturday, November 05, 2022

Seven top memoirs about leaving home

Sarah Fawn Montgomery is the author of Halfway from Home (2022). She is also the author of Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir (2018) and the poetry chapbooks Regenerate: Poems of Mad Women (2017), Leaving Tracks: A Prairie Guide (2017), and The Astronaut Checks His Watch (2014). Her work has been listed as notable in Best American Essays for the last several years, and her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Montgomery holds an MFA in creative writing from California State University-Fresno and a PhD in English in creative writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.

At Electric Lit Montgomery tagged seven "books about searching for place, self, and belonging," including:
Dog Flowers by Danielle Geller

Danielle Geller inherits restlessness along with eight suitcases that contain the contents of her mother’s life. After her mother dies of alcohol withdrawal during an attempt to get sober, Geller begins to piece together the story of her mother’s life from what she leaves behind. Archiving her mother’s possessions—diaries, letters, photos, clothing, and other artifacts—Geller weaves images and text together in an innovative exploration of legacy and loss, given and chosen family, in an effort to understand her mother and herself. As Geller forges a life for herself, confronting her family’s troubled history and her role as caregiver, she is compelled back to her mother’s home on a Navajo reservation. Exploring matrilineal heritage, the delicate balance of sisterhood, and intergenerational trauma, Geller teaches readers how to honor the homes we have left in the past while showing us how to build a home and family for ourselves in the future.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue