Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home: Life on the Page (Paperback)

Life on the Page

By Lynn Freed

Harvest Books, 9780156030342, 237pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2006



At once a memoir of an exotic life, a meditation on the art and craft of writing, and a brilliant examination of the always complex relationship between fiction and life, Lynn Freed's critically acclaimed Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home surprises, instructs, and delights. With dark and comforting wisdom (Anne Lamott) and great intellectual and emotional range (Diane Johnson), Freed tears off all fictional disguises and exposes the human being behind the artist. A must-read for writers, readers, and anyone engaged in literature, Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home is destined to be a classic in the field of writing about writing.

About the Author

Lynn Freedis the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of five highly praised novels and a short-story collection, The Curse of the Appropriate Man, which was named a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in Sonoma, California."

Praise For Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home: Life on the Page


"To the tiny list of necessary books for people who aspire to the writing life--Mystery and Manners, by Flannery O'Connor, and One Writer's Beginnings, by Eudora Welty--must now be added Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home."--The Washington Post Book World

"Something for every writer, published or aspiring, to befriend over a period of years, a generous source of heat, heart, energy and consolation . . . What becomes clear from this powerful little book is that Lynn Freed truly does inspire."--San Francisco Chronicle