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Unreliable Truth

On Memoir and Memory

Maureen Murdock


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Beginning with the idea that memory is nothing more than "an angle of perception," Murdock explores the recurrent question asked by writers and readers of memoir alike: what actually happened? Prompted by the loss of identity that accompanied her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and subsequent lost memories, Murdock offers that perhaps the faithful recording of the past isn’t where the strength of memoir lies. Instead, Murdock looks at the basic components of memoir writing and the process of self-reflection it requires as they bring awareness to the underlying patterns of life. This captivating treatise on the corruptibility of memory, willed identity and the self as reflected through the lens of memoir speaks to all attracted to this most intimate of genres, and provides tools for exploration of the self and soul through personal narrative.

Seal Press, 9781580050838, 176pp.

Publication Date: May 23, 2003

About the Author

Maureen Murdock is a psychotherapist, creative writing teacher, and the author of the best-selling book The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness, as well as Fathers’ Daughters; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; and The Heroine’s Journey Workbook. A core faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Murdock lives in Santa Barbara, California.