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An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

A Memoir

by Elizabeth McCracken

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An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2008
    192 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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"This is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending," writes Elizabeth McCracken in her powerful, inspiring memoir. A prize-winning, successful novelist in her 30s, McCracken was happy to be an itinerant writer and self-proclaimed spinster. But suddenly she fell in love, got married, and two years ago was living in a remote part of France, working on her novel, and waiting for the birth of her first child.

This book is about what happened next. In her ninth month of pregnancy, she learned that her baby boy had died. How do you deal with and recover from this kind of loss? Of course you don't - but you go on. And if you have ever experienced loss or love someone who has, the company of this remarkable book will help you go on.

With humor and warmth and unfailing generosity, McCracken considers the nature of love and grief. She opens her heart and leaves all of ours the richer for it.

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"[I]t is a triumph of her will and her writing that she has turned her tragedy into a literary gift." - Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week.

"Notable for its spare, intense prose and the author's self-deprecating frankness about her failures as well as those of her loved ones." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Elizabeth McCracken is the author of six books: Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry, The Giant's House, Niagara Falls All Over AgainAn Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, Thunderstruck & Other Stories, and the forthcoming Bowlaway.  She's received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Liguria Study Center, the American Academy in Berlin, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Thunderstruck & Other Stories won the 2015 Story Prize.

She has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University, the University of Oregon, the University of Houston, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.  She holds the James A. ...

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