Heartbreaking, startling, and often moving, this wonderful collection of writing about family relationships gathers both fiction and memoir by authors ranging from Orhan Pamuk to Raymond Carver.
Are We Related?
The New Granta Book of the Family
978-1-84767-145-2 • $15.95 • Paperback • Jan. 2010
You can’t choose your relatives. But you can love them, loathe them, rage against them or take after them. Granta publishes the best new writing from around the world, and over the years its writers have dealt with the most difficult, the most important, and the most personal relationships of their lives. This collection includes Jayne Anne Phillips on the first days of motherhood, A. M. Homes’s struggle with her absentee father, Jeremy Seabrook’s estrangement from his twin brother, A. L. Kennedy on her grandfather, and Edmund White on his glamorous, demanding mother, Lila Mae. Anna Pyasetskaya writes about her attempts to retrieve her son's body at the height of the first Chechen war. Diana Athill describes losing an unborn child. Linda Grant witnesses her mother’s losing battle with Alzheimer’s, Robyn Davidson explains her marriage to Eddie, an Aborigine. There are also stories by Raymond Carver, Orhan Pamuk, Hanif Kureishi, Helen Simpson, Graham Swift, John McGahern, Chimamanda Ngochi Adichie, Jackie Kay, Hilary Mantel, Anne Enright, and Blake Morrison. In tackling the complex emotional web that makes up family life, this new anthology reflects Granta’s continued commitment to memorable and original writing.