The family: no relationship is more important, more powerful, or more enduring. Or potentially more destructive. Since the early 1980s, Granta has published fiction, memoir, biography, and reportage inspired by the most important institution in our lives. The best, and at times the most disturbing, pieces are collected here, including Where He Was: Memories of My Father” by Raymond Carver; Memoirs of a Bootlegger’s Son” by Saul Bellow; Sugar Daddy” by Angela Carter; Ramadan” by Mona Simpson; Impertinent Daughters” by Doris Lessing; Family Album” by Mikal Gilmore; The Names of Women” by Louise Erdrich; and The Up Escalator” by Bret Easton Ellis.
(London) Financial Times
Strange things, families. . . . This is the main reason, apart from the quality of the contributors, for the excellence of Granta's Book of the Family: Twenty-two pieces of memoir and reportage. . . and not a dud among them.
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Title: Granta Book of the Family
Author: Editors of Granta Magazine
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Date Published: January 2001
Table of Contents:
|Where He Was: Memories of My Father||7|
|Memoirs of a Bootlegger's Son||17|
|Finished with Engines||79|
|And When Did You Last See Your Father?||93|
|My Father's Life||117|
|Never Let Me Down||123|
|August in My Father's House||135|
|The Many Colours of Blood||187|
|A Letter to Our Son||201|
|The Business of Mourning||293|
|A Very Young Dancer||347|
|The Names of Women||373|
|The Up Escalator||379|
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