Excerpt from ‘Wanting: A Memoir of Marriage, Patriarchy, and Privilege’
This memoir excerpt was written by Erin Branning in Megan Stielstra’s 12-Month memoir Generator
Wanting: A Memoir of Marriage, Patriarchy, and Privilege,
The Great Wall Marathon, May 16, 2009
Yin and Yang Square, Huangyaguan Fortress, The Great Wall of China
I feel like I can’t do anything right. I feel like there are landmines everywhereyou’re the one stepping on them.
Erin Branning is a fiction editor for TriQuarterly, Northwestern’s literary journal, where she’s published interviews with Ben Fountain and Lily King. Erin has also had work published in Manifest-Station, LitBreak, Delmarva Review and Hippocampus.
Erin holds an MFA from Northwestern University, a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her four children and is currently working on a memoir, Wanting: A Memoir of Marriage, Patriarchy, and Privilege, from which this essay is adapted.
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