September 13, 2010 by staff
Author Bellow, Darin Strauss is coming out with a new book on the 15th. It is called the AM half-life, and the AM on the days she was without fault in an accident in which he was the driver and she was the rider. He reads tonight at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writer, MA Chamber, and if you like good writing about real things, you may want to attend. Strauss dishes below.
Why was writing this memoir important to you?
Was it more personal? The secret I had. The nexus of all my insecurities. So for a time was considered important that I do not write. But then, I do not, AOT know. My wife became pregnant with our twins, and I realized that the accident had happened a half of my life. This seemed important because the girl’s mother had told administration officials that I was living for two now, and I turned Ehud twice older than me, Ehud been. I do not know AOT. Bellow said, Ehud never go to a psychiatrist, because he did not, AOT want to know why he wrote that he did. Therefore, perhaps, best-left half Ehud examined.
The personal tragedy is a sensitive issue, did you feel extremely sensitive in the way it portrays himself as the real people?
Wouldn I felt the book, AOT work if I was not easy on myself. That sounds selfish, but the AM of my training as a writer of fiction. If you love your characters too much, the work suffers. I had an obligation to treat the girl who died in a fair and well, of course.
In anticipation of his book tour, are you nervous about something so personal to read aloud to an audience?
No, not really. In writing, I sort of transformed into something less personal, something I could talk. A piece of prose, a narrative.
You were 18 at the time of the accident, which made you want to write about it now? Did he write about it, then?
I never thought, AOD write about it. This was my secret. I have published four books of fiction before he had the courage to reach the bag and remove this memory.
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