BEST OF BLOOM: <em>The Years</em> by Annie Ernaux: Memoir of a Generation
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BEST OF BLOOM: The Years by Annie Ernaux: Memoir of a Generation

By Alice Lowe

I have no frame of reference for Ernaux’s memories of the restrictions and reconstruction of postwar Europe, of the domination of the Catholic Church and attending all-girl convent schools.  I’m not yet a part of her collective “we.” But then she describes a photo of herself in 1955, wearing a short-sleeved sweater, polka-dot skirt, and ballerina flats, and I see myself. Continue reading

An Excerpt from Donnaldson Brown’s debut novel, Because I Loved You
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An Excerpt from Donnaldson Brown’s debut novel, Because I Loved You

In April, Donnaldson Brown’s first novel, Because I Loved You, will be released by She Writes Press. This beautiful debut takes readers from East Texas in the Vietnam era to New York City’s vibrant art scene in the 1980’s, and up to today. S. Kirk Walsh, author of The Elephant of Belfast, said of the novel, “Equal parts Kent Haruf and Elizabeth Wetmore, Because I Loved You embodies all of the expansiveness and intimacy of a contemporary Western page-turner, and more…” Continue reading