Adair asked:

Am I the only lone voice in the wilderness who thinks that a memoir should not be written in the present tense?The whole book! I got so irritated that I couldn't get past a few chapters.Pity because I suspect a good story.

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James Penhaligon I'm sure you aren't the only one. Thing is that an author has to write in the way he/she finds best, & hope more people will approve of the choices than will not. Taste, culture, individual preference, & many other factors will determine that, & nobody can please everybody. In my case, most readers have not found the present tense unpleasant to read, but to those who did I apologise.
Marlene Clark I teach memoir writing & would never criticize the choice of tense. Past tense is easier to write, & I commend the author for his choice. His telling of events are riveting. What is distracting are the grammatical errors. They spoil an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable read.
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