Runaway: Notes on the Myths That Made Me (Hardcover)

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Part-memoir, part cultural commentary, Runaway by Erin Keane is filled with gripping stories about her mother’s life as a teen runaway in the 1970s and how this shaped her family. With deft prose, Keane seamlessly moves between her mother’s incredible (and at times, harrowing) stories and critique of how pop culture shapes us and determines whose stories are worth telling. This book will make you wonder about your own family, which of their stories are passed down and why. An engaging, thought-provoking read that’s perfect for those who love memoirs as well as those who usually shy away from the genre.

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From Erin Keane, editor in chief at Salon, comes a touching memoir about the search for truths in the stories families tell. In 1970, Erin Keane's mother ran away from home for the first time. She was thirteen years old. Over the next several years, and under two assumed identities, she hitchhiked her way across America, experiencing freedom, hardship, and tragedy. At fifteen, she met a man in New York City and married him. He was thirty-six. Though a deft balance of journalistic digging, cultural criticism, and poetic reimagining, Keane pieces together the true story of her mother's teenage years, questioning almost everything she's been told about her parents and their relationship. Along the way, she also considers how pop culture has kept similar narratives alive in her. At stake are some of the most profound questions we can ask ourselves: What's true? What gets remembered? Who gets to tell the stories that make us who we are? Whether it's talking about painful family history, #MeToo, Star Wars, true crime forensics, or The Gilmore Girls, Runaway is an unforgettable look at all the different ways the stories we tell--both personal and pop cultural--create us.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781953368317
ISBN-10: 195336831X
Publisher: Belt Publishing
Publication Date: September 27th, 2022
Pages: 250
Language: English