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ARRIVAL

Freeman’s: Family is the second literary anthology in the series reviewers are calling “bold” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) and “refreshing” (Chicago Literati). Following a debut issue on the theme of “Arrival,” Freeman circles a new topic whose definition is constantly challenged by the best of our writers: family.

In an essay called “Crossroads,”  Aminatta Forna muses on the legacy of slavery as she settles her family in Washington, DC, where she is constantly accused of cutting in line whenever she stands next to her white husband. Families are hardly stable entities, so many writers discover. Award-winning novelist Claire Vaye Watkins delivers a stunning portrait of a woman in the throes of postpartum depression. Booker Prize winner Marlon James takes the focus off absent fathers to write about his mother, who calls to sing him happy birthday every year. Even in the darkest moments, humor abounds. In Claire Messud’s home there are two four-legged tyrants; Sandra Cisneros writes about her extended family of past lovers; and Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his uncle's desperate attempt to remain a communist despite decades in the Soviet gulag. 

With outstanding, never-before-published pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers alike, Freeman’s: Family collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life emerging today.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

John Freeman

 

Seven Shorts

Sunjeev Sahota

Angela Flournoy

Adania Shibli (translated from the Arabic by Wiam El-Tamami)

Colin Robinson

Heather O'Neill

Édouard Louis (translated from the French by Linda Coverdale)

Nadifa Mohamed

 

Crossroads

Aminatta Forna

 

Lost Letter #1: From Phillis Wheatley, of Boston, to Arbor Tanner, of Newport

Lost Letter #2: From Obour Tanner, Newport, to Phillis Wheatley, Boston

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

 

A Family Name

Garnette Cadogan

 

Little Jewel

Patrick Modiano (translated from the French by Penny Hueston)

 

Nola

Amanda Rea

 

Ode to My Sister 

Amaryllis Ode 

Victuals Dream Ode

Sharon Olds

 

A Tomb for Uncle Julius

Aleksandar Hemon

 

Tunnel

Mo Yan (translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt)

 

One Day I Will Write About My Mother

Marlon James

 

Tell Me How It Ends (An Essay in Forty Questions)

Valeria Luiselli

 

The Selected Works of Abdullah (The Cossack)

H. M. Naqvi

 

Letter to a Warrior

Athena Farrokhzad (translated from the Swedish by Jennifer Hayashida)

 

When Living Is a Protest (photo essay)

Ruddy Roye

 

Ema

César Aira (translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews)

 

10-Item Edinburgh Post-partum Depression Scale

Claire Vaye Watkins

 

Wild

Tracy K. Smith

 

If There Was No Moon

Joanna Kavenna

 

You Better Not Put Me in a Poem

Sandra Cisneros

 

Going to the Dogs

Claire Messud

 

Rich Children

Alexander Chee

 

Inside Voices

David Kirby

 

This Old Self

Helen Garner