Blooming . . . AGAIN!

Thanks to Southern Literary Review!

Editor Susan Cushman with Memphis contributors Jen Bradner, Ellen Morris Prewitt, Sally Palmer Thomason, and Suzanne Smith Henley at the launch for A Second Blooming at the Memphis Botanic Gardens in 2017.

It’s thrilling when a book receives such a stellar review. Any time. But especially three and a half years after it was published!

Southern Literary Review

I’m so thankful to Robert Kostuck for his wonderful review of the first anthology I edited, A SECOND BLOOMING: BECOMING THE WOMEN WE ARE MEANT TO BE, in Southern Literary Review today!

October Read-of-the-Month!

And it’s also the October Read-of-the-Month! Thank you so much to Allen Mendenhall for your support for this book, of which I am so proud. Published by Mercer University Press in March of 2017, it features essays by twenty women and a Foreword by Anne Lamott.

The Selections

It’s always fun to see which essays a reviewer will select to highlight in his review. This time three of these wonderful authors are in the spotlight:

Kathy Rhodes for “Pushing Up the Sun,” Nina Gaby for “A Couple Bad Nights in Brindisi,” and Susan Marquez for “A Second Chance at Empty Nesting.”

“Everywoman” Stories

I love this paragraph from Kostuck:

These essays reach far beyond the merely autobiographical, becoming Everywoman stories in the tradition of heroine mythology. That is, the heroine goes on a quest—sometimes inner, sometimes outer, sometimes both—and returns to tell her tale. While even a life of ennui can be subject matter for personal writing, these essays go far beyond the day-to-day flow of what is still, in American culture, acceptable and non-confrontational. Therefore, traditionally confrontational writing is the theme percolating through these essays.

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4 thoughts on “Blooming . . . AGAIN!”

    1. Wasn’t that a wonderful surprise for our anthology to be reviewed at this date? And how fun that he chose your essay as one to comment on. Heroines on a quest, indeed!

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