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Notes Made while Falling

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A genre-bending meditation on sickness, spirituality, creativity, and the redemptive powers of writing.

Notes Made While Falling is both a genre-bending memoir and a cultural study of traumatized and sickened selves in fiction and film. It offers a fresh, visceral, and idiosyncratic perspective on creativity, spirituality, illness, and the limits of fiction itse
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Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 4th 2019 by MIT Press
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Like Anne Boyer’s The Undying and Sinéad Gleeson’s Constellations, this is an incisive memoir-in-essays about the effects of trauma on a woman’s body. All three participate in the last few years’ rising indignation about women not being believed when they say they have been violated or are in pain. Specifically, Ashworth’s story starts with her son’s birth in 2010, a disaster she keeps returning to over the course of seven sinuous personal essays. A routine C-section was followed by hemorrhaging, blood transfusions a ...more
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Some of this was awesome, and in general it's a thoughtful, intelligent book all about illness. I did find it a bit of a slog to read - there was just a heaviness to it and sometimes I found it difficult to follow or keep awareness .
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Jenn Ashworth is an English writer. She was born in 1982 in Preston, Lancashire. She has graduated from Cambridge University and the Manchester Centre for New Writing. In March 2011 she was featured as one of the BBC Culture Show's Best 12 New Novelists. She previously worked as a librarian in a men's prison.

She founded the Preston Writers Network, later renamed as the Central Lancs Wr
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