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LOCAL>> Ellena Savage and Jean Edelstein – Blueberries
Conversation about author’s “interrogation of memoir” that resists classification
Ellena Savage and Jean Edelstein join us to celebrate the publication of Blueberries (Text Publishing Co.)
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‘Ellena Savage is savagely smart and talented.’ – Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers
Blueberries could be described as a collection of essays, the closest term available for a book that resists classification; a blend of personal essay, polemic, prose poetry, true-crime journalism and confession that considers a fragmented life, reflecting on what it means to be a woman, a body, and an artist.
It is both a memoir and an interrogation of memoir. Drawing comparisons to Maggie Nelson, Leslie Jamison, Ada Calhoun and Eula Biss, this is a new horizon in storytelling.
In crystalline prose, Savage explores the essential questions of the examined life: What is it to desire? What is it to accommodate oneself to the world? And at what cost?
Ellena Savage is an author and academic. Her work has been publishing widely in anthologies and literary journals including, recently, the Paris Review Daily, Sydney Review of Books, Choice Words and Lifted Brow. Ellena is the recipient of several grants and prizes, including the 2019-21 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. In 2014 she attended the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Athens, Greece.
Jean Hannah Edelstein writes regularly for outlets including The Guardian and The Pool, and writes a weekly TinyLetter, which Vogue said “pops up in your inbox like lucid dreaming.” She also writes all of the marketing emails for Spotify, so you’ve probably deleted her work. This Really Isn’t About You is her first book. She lives in Brooklyn.
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