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Reading, Writing, and Leaving Home

Life on the Page

Lynn Freed


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Hardcover (9/1/2005)


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.

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

Mariner Books, 9780156030342, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2006

About the Author

LYNN FREED was awarded the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award for fiction by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of six novels, a short story collection, and a collection of essays.