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I'M THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: A MEMOIR BY ANDREA JARRELL
I'm the One Who Got Away: A Memoir by Andrea Jarrell
Please join us @ Longfellow Books on Thursday, October 5th, at 7pm to celebrate the release of Andrea Jarrell's memoir, I'm the One Who Got Away!
"An essayist pens an ode to womanhood in this debut memoir. When the young, single mother who lived across the street from Jarrell was murdered, it triggered insecurities about her own upbringing: 'It was her aloneness. That old, familiar, just-we-two aloneness I couldn't bear to see up close again.' The author was raised by her mother, with periodic appearances from her handsome father, a charismatic yet manipulative man they called Nick. Her mother wed Nick at age 16. Jarrell recounts tales about their early relationship, 'his jealousy and her bruises,' with a sense of dread. Once the author was born, her mother saved up enough money to leave her father, leading to a series of childhood stories linked by the inherent danger of inhabiting a female body--from Jarrell seeing a woman get harassed by three adolescent boys to Nick voicing his disturbing opinions about 'good girls.' [...] The author has published essays in the New York Times and the Huffington Post, and her skill is evident in her deliberate prose. [...] Though the settings of Jarrell's stories range from Camden, Maine, to Italy and Los Angeles, the author's small-town Americana tone is reminiscent of Joyce Carol Oates. The work's lasting message is that love, like Jarrell's prose, is both painful and beautiful. A stunning series of recollections with a feminist slant." -Kirkus Review
7pm @ Longfellow Books