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Freeman’s: Family is the second literary anthology in the series reviewers are calling ‘bold’ (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) and ‘refreshing’ (Chicago Literati). Following a debut issue on the theme of ‘Arrival’, Freeman circles a new topic whose definition is constantly challenged by the best of our writers: family.
The issue opens with Aminatta Forna musing on the legacy of slavery as she settles her family in Washington, DC, where she is constantly accused of cutting in line whenever she stands next to her white husband. Award-winning novelist Claire Vaye Watkins delivers a stunning portrait of a woman in the throes of postpartum depression. Helen Garner’s diary extracts offer insight into the ways we relate to one another. Booker Prize–winner Marlon James turns his attention away from distant fathers to write about his mother, who calls to sing him happy birthday every year. Even in the darkest moments, humour abounds: in Claire Messud’s home there are two four-legged tyrants; Aleksandar Hemon’s father declares war on raccoons; and Sandra Cisneros writes about her extended family of past lovers.
With outstanding, never-before-published pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers, Freeman’s: Family collects the most amusing, heartbreaking and probing stories about family life emerging today.
‘Arrival is not a gimmick; it’s a heartbeat. Listening for its pulse from one page to the next encourages dual enjoyment, first with each individual piece, and then the pieces in conversation.’
‘Every piece in this collection has the potential to make jaded readers happy…You need very little time to read each piece but they linger exactly as Freeman intended they should.’
‘A sturdy journal with a throwback vibe…Comforting; fond, familiar and warm.’
‘John Freeman is a literary bowerbird; he has an eye for treasure…[Freeman’s: Family] is less an anthology than a conversation, the sense of intimacy that sharing family stories invites in real life, captured on the page.’