The Story I Can’t Write About My Family
In fiction, one needs motivations, wants, and fears; one needs cause and effect. In life, it’s messier.
You have to text your mother
Lynn Steger Strong's first novel, Hold Still, was released by Liveright/WW Norton in March 2016. She received an MFA from Columbia University and her non-fiction has been published in Guernica, LARB, Elle.com, Catapult, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. She teaches both fiction and non-fiction writing at Columbia University, Fairfield University, and the Pratt Institute.
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