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Lee Zacharias

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Lee Zacharias is the author of three novels, a collection of essays, and a book of short stories. She has published numerous essays, short stories, and photographs and has been reprinted in Best American Essays. She was the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, and has taught at Princeton University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

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Lee Zacharias There's a whole essay here, so I'll try to keep it short. I grew up in the gray, industrial region at the south end of Lake Michigan, and when I first…moreThere's a whole essay here, so I'll try to keep it short. I grew up in the gray, industrial region at the south end of Lake Michigan, and when I first visited Frankfort, Michigan, just below Sleeping Bear Dune National Seashore, which was not then a national as a pubescent, I thought it was the most beautiful place I'd ever been. I began to imagine how different my life would be if I just lived there. I began a terrible pubescent sort of novel that I never committed to paper, likely because I didn't have paper or pen with me, but it outlasted all of the early efforts I committed to paper, likely because I never had to come up against the obstcles of plot and resolution. As silly and cliched as the notion of that novel was, I still think of Frankfort as the place where my imagination began, and when I visited it again some forty years later, for the first time since that childhood trip, I was blown away by how much I remembered, how much I recognized. I did some research, I wrote an essay, and still could not let the material go. I had to write a novel. There is not one autobiographical detail in this novel, and yet it became, of any the books I've written, the one I most had to write. I went on that journey. I became the narrator, even though she is a generation older than I am. It's astonishing to me to think it all began with a 3- day visit when I was twelve. That's what place will do.(less)
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"I came across a review of this beautiful novel that described the novel as "haunted." Yes. Fern Halvorsen, the 85-year-old narrator is haunted by the past and "a childhood journey across Lake Michigan and the secret she has kept since that ill-fated " Read more of this review »
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This is a beautiful memoir that weaves two stories of compromises, reversed expectations, and mortality together. On one level it is about the expectations we have as we enter what we believe will be the perfect marriage and the right solution to a m ...more
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This is a collection of wonderful stories, beautifully told. I loved it and recommend it highly.
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