The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative
By Vivian Gornick
Why this book?
Gornick’s The Situation and the Story is a powerful lesson in what makes a true story more than just anecdote and how the best memoirists deepen their work to achieve universal appeal. Gornick is a master of the memoir form herself, as well as a respected teacher, and her valuable insights into the constructed “I’ on the page are strengthened by the numerous authors and books she examines in order to make her lucid points. A meticulously assembled craft handbook for anyone wanting to examine the engine of memoir to see how the various moving parts come together to create beauty and power.
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