What Happens When a Woman Tells Her Whole Truth: The Freedom and Fallout of MemoirThursday, June 24, 2021 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Gina Frangello’s new memoir, Blow Your House Down, has been met with wide acclaim, impassioned support, and also the kind of judgments and criticisms that people love to lob at women who write about their authentic, messy lives. Frangello’s book is honest to a fault. She dares to write about her desires, her indiscretions, her fantasies, her deep flaws. She’s unflinching, definitely imperfect, not a good girl and seemingly unconcerned with being read as “nice” or “sympathetic.“ She doesn’t fit into other people’s boxes of what a good wife or mother should look like. She writes about adultery, a longtime affair, and eventually breaking up her family, with repercussions to all concerned, including her children.
For readers, the experience of reading Blow your House Down is a paradox. You want to look and you want to turn away. You relate to every word and you want to distance yourself from that truth. You will question the author. You will question yourself. You will finish feeling unsettled, mulling over your own life choices. For memoirists and aspiring memoirists, this book raises the bar, perhaps uncomfortably, around expectations for how much you’re “supposed” to say, or allowed to tell.
At the center of this conversation, moderated by Brooke Warner of She Writes Press, are questions about how women are encouraged to be silent, or get silenced; the double standards that run rampant throughout the world of book publishing, but especially between male and female writers of memoir; and the very real fallout for women writers who dare to tell the truth on the page. Nothing will be off-limits. Writers and readers of memoir won’t want to miss this conversation between Gina Frangello, an author who’s broken the mold and dared to show everything, and Brooke Warner, a memoir advocate who believes that women telling their stories in all their messy glory is how we create a more expansive culture for women’s full range of experience and expression.
Each ticket includes private access to the recording for 10 days following the live event. You will have the option to purchase a copy of Blow Your House Down with your ticket; just select your ticket, and a dropdown box will appear with ordering information and fields for your shipping address. All books will be shipped by our bookseller partner Sausalito Books by the Bay. We can only accept book orders that ship within the United States.
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