Never before has the voice of social commentary in literature sung higher. Freedom of speech has brought with it a cacophony of loudly spoken, written and sometimes harshly promoted opinion and judgement.
From a persecuted and reviled existence in their beloved Armenia, a ‘land of singing in the streets, fine foods and gardens and orchards beside the shores of Lake Van’, ‘Destiny of Determination-Faith and Family’, sees the survival of a fractured family as they struggle to make a new life for themselves in the United States.
With a focus on Hrang, the youngest son, this uplifting memoir spans over a Century of love and loss, and of acceptance and discrimination.
Beautifully and honestly written, ‘From the Flood’, is the spellbinding childhood memoir of Suzanne Jones, encompassing the great floods of Hurricane Agnes in the 70’s, and the magical world which blossomed from its putrid destruction and devastation.
Full of irony and with a wry, sometimes depreciating flavour, ‘Cauliflowers through the cat flap and other tales from a solitary lockdown’ is a transparent and honest fly on the wall biographical account of one woman’s lockdown experience. Not just any woman. A women who is indeed, as her friends tell her, ‘excellent at putting words together’.
Unflinching in its honesty, it’s clear from the start that there’s a sharp and enquiring mind at work as her prose recount pivotal events in her life. There’s no grandstanding, no saccharine attempt at drama, or sense of contrived events and at times it can prove a harrowing read.
We journey with Benjamin through romance, business, adventure, and personal grief, where the oxymoron of both the self-sufficiency and the sometimes needy side of introversion becomes all too apparent.
Emotionally charged and powerfully thought provoking, Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops proves a remarkable debut memoir from Allison Hong Merrill. Sharing reflections on her life that articulate the complexities, failings, contradictions and triumphs of love and cultural identity.