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The Blessing - A Memoir - cover

The Blessing - A Memoir

Gregory Orr

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

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Summary

Author is one of the United States’ major sources for cultural contextualization around gun violence and youth trauma; most recently, PBS featured Orr in response to a 2014 accidental shooting by a nine-year-old girl 
Author is one of the United States’ most celebrated and acclaimed poets 
Readership of memoirs that explore trauma, like Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel and Kiese Laymon’s Heavy, is on the rise 
Media coverage of how we interrogate and explore trauma is less voyeuristic than when the first edition of this memoir was published in 2002; media consumers are more interested in complex storytelling about trauma 
New package includes timely afterword and Washington Post praise on cover

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