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Paperback The Broad Picture: Essays 1987-1996 Book

ISBN: 1852424400

ISBN13: 9781852424404

The Broad Picture: Essays 1987-1996

The first collection of essays from one of America's most exceptional writers This description may be from another edition of this product.

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beautifully written essays that continually surprise

I generally prefer reading fiction to essays, but the essay I first glimpsed when I picked up this book was so intriguing I had to buy it. It was "Telling Tales," which happens to be about writing and reading stories. What makes a story a story? What is "action"? Who feels emotion in a story, the characters or the reader? These are just a few of the fascinating questions the essay skillfully addresses. I'm still in the middle of reading this book (trying not to finish it too fast) and am amazed at how many different topics Tillman can write about with knowledge, understanding, and grace. The autobiographical essay about growing up with and losing her father is another highlight, blending dreams with fragments of memory and moving psychological insights. Tillman has a way of describing elusive emotional states, memories of ordinary moments in the past that take on extraordinary (yet unsentimental) poignancy, and complicated personal/political relationships that takes my breath away. Anyone interested in the intersection of politics, art, identity, feminism, irony, literature, memory, and history should read this book.
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