By Wendy Reed

On a wet Tuesday morning in 1996, Wendy Reed's vehicle hydroplaned, crossed an interstate median, and crashed into an oncoming motor vehicle, whose driving force used to be killed. although Reed and her son have been unhurt and Reed at the beginning defined herself as "fine," within the months that she will be engulfed in a hurricane of guilt and recrimination, in addition to jarring felony lawsuits over the twist of fate. In An unintentional Memoir, Reed, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, issues the lens at herself and explores that twist of fate and a succession of private reviews via truth and fiction. advised from strange views and in hugely figurative language, the tales draw at the Southern Gothic culture of Flannery O'Connor and have darkish humor, mistaken humans, disastrous occasions, and moments of non secular grace. Taken jointly, this choice of intentionally fragmented essays and brief tales develop into a meditation on matters akin to paintings, relations duties, loss of life, and elevating a...

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I’d gotten into my room and up onto the examining table. He closed the door and left. Even less-than-coherent, I knew my dress—a short, tight, one-zipper deal that made my ass look good—was supposed to come off first before the gown went on. But apparently my dress had developed boa constrictor tendencies and the sweat wasn’t helping. Nor could I just beam myself out of it. I would have to get down off the table in order to get it unzipped. Apparently having lost all trust in my brain to get timely messages delivered to my extremities, I whispered this to my legs: Need a little help here.

I was sucking on my adrenals, toying with the different versions of the story I would tell. Our parents encouraged us to marry soon after. They thought boinking inevitable and wanted us to have a safe place to do it, I guess. Besides, I was starting as the first UAB high school intern and would work in surgery rather than going to school the last half of my senior year. I walked down the aisle of Huffman Baptist’s chapel, one excited seventeen-year-old with a license to fuck. It beat the heck out of my license to drive.

I wish that when you read them I could know what you think. I’d like to know what you make of the aftermath. Essays Crises beget crises. — Jerry Ward, The Katrina Papers: A Journal of Trauma and Recovery Gnawing Through the Mask I came across a steer skull in the flatlands of Western Idaho. Without hesitation I lifted it up and slipped it over my head like a pagan mask, cocking my head to one side. ” I said. ” I considered stepping closer to Peter to get a reflection of what I looked like in his glasses, but his expression stopped me.

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