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Katherine Russell is a writer and activist from Buffalo, NY. She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from SUNY Geneseo and currently works with local nonprofits on various projects and freelances for companies all around the world. She is a double lung transplant survivor and writes about her experiences with cystic fibrosis. Her other writing themes include cultural interaction, challenging the American criminal justice system, and social change. Her debut novel, Without Shame, is now available from FB Publishing House.

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Where Lines Blur: the Hero and the Villain

In reading any fiction, such as Without Shame you must always ask Why. Why must Sariyah develop unrequited love? Why is Penelope, and the sexism she confronts, presented in the backdrop of this teaching experience? Why does Rodney assume his encounter with a man on the street made him sick? Why is Martin House fenced off, secluded, and why is there detailed attention paid to the materials it was b Read more of this blog post »
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Without Shame by Katherine Russell
“Hatred happens when we refuse to see someone for their entire selves; we fear that if we see more than the qualities we hate, we will become them or worse, allow them to enter our hearts.”
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“Every problem has a solution; it may sometimes just need another perspective.”
Katherine Russell, NLP for Rookies

“Our pasts often set our circumstances.”
Katherine Russell, Without Shame

“The years of disillusion, the long debate of who-belongs-to-who, gathered at the mighty feet of the Bangladesh Liberation War like flood waters rising, gathering thick weeds and crusty dirt and pulling it all in one direction. At times, when the body count was high and the air tasted like bloody ash, the way mass graves smell, Sariyah had wondered what progress was supposed to taste like. Often it tasted like unanswered questions, stuck in the teeth. Bangladesh had given her the true answer, though: progress at its best is home-grown. It should taste like joy – pure, unhindered joy. Like the freshest sun-ripened mango on a tree, a little sunrise in her palm.”
Katherine Russell, Without Shame

“Sajib had said, What about happiness – can you measure that?

Rodney had thought yes, you could measure it by ease of living –how much does a person suffer compared to the next? Now, to make more people happy, how do we eliminate suffering?

But happiness, in its strength or fragility, was more complex than comfort. It had so many sources, so many nemeses, and so many pitfalls. He couldn’t, in his right mind, try to instruct the happiness of others.”
Katherine Russell, Without Shame

“No more crying. Tears only cause destructive
floods. When you are sad, you build a boat.”
Katherine Russell, Without Shame

“The years of disillusion, the long debate of who-belongs-to-who, gathered at the mighty feet of the Bangladesh Liberation War like flood waters rising, gathering thick weeds and crusty dirt and pulling it all in one direction. At times, when the body count was high and the air tasted like bloody ash, the way mass graves smell, Sariyah had wondered what progress was supposed to taste like. Often it tasted like unanswered questions, stuck in the teeth. Bangladesh had given her the true answer, though: progress at its best is home-grown. It should taste like joy – pure, unhindered joy. Like the freshest sun-ripened mango on a tree, a little sunrise in her palm.”
Katherine Russell, Without Shame

“Our pasts often set our circumstances.”
Katherine Russell, Without Shame

“Hatred happens when we refuse to see someone for their entire selves; we fear that if we see more than the qualities we hate, we will become them or worse, allow them to enter our hearts.”
Katherine Russell, Without Shame




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