Looking Inside

There was a time,” says Neil Genzlinger in a January 2011 article in the New York Times, “when you had to earn the right to draft a memoir, by accomplishing something noteworthy or having an extremely unusual experience or being such a brilliant writer that you could turn relatively ordinary occurrences into a snapshot of a broader historical moment. Unremarkable lives went unremarked upon, the way God intended.”

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Karen Salyer McElmurray writes both fiction and creative nonfiction. She is the author of the memoir Surrendered Child, and the novels Motel of the Stars and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven. Her work has received numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

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