In this book, Mickey Pearlman listens to the voices of women who write. Some, like Grace Paley, Fay Weldon and Jane Smiley, have numerous admirers. Others - Janette Turner Hospital and Jessica Hagedorn - are just now achieving recognition. Novelists, short-story writers, poets and writers of non-fiction - twenty voices in all - talk candidly about childhood, religion, the transformation of memory and why they chose to write in a particular genre. Their feelings about being classified as "hyphenated writers" (Chinese- or Japanese-American) are aired, as are their reactions to the world of publishing. Here, in conversations that sometimes surprise the speakers themselves, are the most deeply felt concerns and emotions at the heart of the creative process.
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Pearlman adds to her earlier Inter/View, a collection of interviews with women writers (coauthored with Katherine Usher Henderson, and entitled A Voice of One's Own in paperback), by reaching out here to writers of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Many are "so-called hyphenated writers"--e.g., the exuberant, authoritative African American poet Lucille Clifton ( Quilting Poems ) and the young Chinese American novelist Gish Jen ( Typical American )--whose works encompass issues of culture as well as gender. In essay form, Pearlman describes their responses to being so labeled: "It's, like, not my problem," says Philippine-born novelist Jessica Hagedorn ( Dogeaters ) about being read as a Filipino writer. Other interviews capture the fairly reserved responses of poet Sharon Olds ( The Father ), the publishing know-how of bestselling novelist Anne Rice ( The Tale of the Body Thief ) and the graceful reflections of mystery writer Susan Kenney ( Sailing ). On the whole, however, this volume is somewhat more mannered and less incisively revealing than its predecessor.
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Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0393034429
Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0393034429