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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

by Alexander Chee

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A very special personal book of essays the sum of which relates the journey of the person and how it informs him as he struggles to create his art, in this case, writing. ( )
  berthirsch | Jul 10, 2018 |
I think this is a wonderful book. I found it a little slow toward the end which may have been due to some repetition, or also I was rushing to finish it, or also I was listening to a baseball game too. Overall the essays are challenging, relevant, heartbreaking, human. I loved getting to know Alexander Chee and I love him very much.
  franoscar | Jun 11, 2018 |
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"From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring how we form our identities in life, in politics, and in art"-- "...How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author's manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation's history, including his father's death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing--Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley--the writing of his first novel, Edinburgh, and the election of Donald Trump."--Front flip cover.… (more)

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