Did I Get My Memoir Wrong?
I was confident in my narrative and wrote a memoir about it. But turns out the facts were questionable.
The Red Zone: A Love Storypremenstrual dysphoric disorder
Sleepwalk with Me
‘Perhapsing’: The Use of Speculation in Creative Nonfiction
The Red Zone
from her book of the same name
I am not the young writer with the impressive memory anymore. Maybe I never was.
So how do we reconcile with our faulty, malleable memories? We continue telling our stories, shaping narratives, while also holding space that memory is out of our control. The stronger you are convinced you are right about something, the more I’d encourage you to question it.
Chloe Caldwell is the author of The Red Zone: A Love Story, the critically acclaimed novella WOMEN and essay collections I'll Tell You in Person and Legs Get Led Astray. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, Bon Appétit, The Cut, Longreads, Nylon, Buzzfeed, and more. She lives in Hudson, NY.
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