What Isn’t Mine Is Mine: Accepting Intergenerational Trauma
We inherit trauma through the actions of family members and through the stories they share.
Ilana Masad is a queer Israeli-American fiction writer and book critic. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, McSweeney's, Joyland, StoryQuarterly, the Washington Post, the Guardian, LA Times, and more. She is the founder and host of The Other Stories, a podcast featuring new, emerging, and established fiction writers.
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We remember only a version of the story, and we tell only a fraction of that version. And sometimes, even that will fail us.
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