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THE BOOK: Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul
PUBLISHED IN: 2015
THE AUTHOR: Laurie Jean Cannady
THE EDITOR: Bill Schneider (managing editor).
THE PUBLISHER: Etruscan Press. Housed at Wilkes University and partnering with Youngstown State University, Etruscan is a non-profit literary press working to produce and promote books that nurture the dialogue among genres, cultures ands voices.
We publish books of poems, novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies., Three of our poetry collections have been National Book Award finalists, one of our titles was chosen as the Poetry Society of America’s First Book Award, and three poems have been chosen for Best American Poetry.
SUMMARY: Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul is a coming-of-age memoir that chronicles a young girl’s journey through abuse and impoverishment. The effusive narration descends into the depths of personal and sexual degradation, perpetual hunger for food, safety and survival. While moving through gritty exposés of poverty, abuse, and starvation, Crave renders a continuing search for sustenance that simply will not die.
Laurie Jean Cannady is most recognizable through her voice. Lyrical and august, yet strangely intimate, her lucid memory for the texture of daily existence weaves the reader into the fabric of the story. We discover that the most slender threads bind the strongest.
It is no surprise this memoir is a narrative about a victim who becomes a survivor. Cannady is assertive, motivational, and unafraid to reach her target audience: women, African Americans, high-school students, college students, survivors of physical and sexual abuse, veterans, people raised by single parents, and folks who are living in or have lived through impoverishment.
THE BACK STORY: “I’d been plagued with memories of childhood traumas much of my adult life. I decided to get those experiences out of my head and onto the page. Then, past traumas took on a new function. I believed those stories could help people struggling in the way I once had. ”
WHY THIS TITLE?: Crave because the theme of hunger shaped the memoir. Sojourn of a Hungry soul because my experiences were temporary. Luckily, I didn’t have to stay in them for an extended amount. My hunger usually prompted movement and forced me to change.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? I’ve been told the lyric way in which trauma is relayed makes Crave a unique memoir.
Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul is a soul-searing memoir that marks the arrival of an unforgettable new voice. Brave, honest, and beautiful, this is a story about facing the truth, and daring to love your way through to the other side. — Tayari Jones, An American Marriage.
Cannady has delivered a poignant coming-of-age tale that reveals the … pain and struggle often shuffled … from one family generation to the next. In sometimes humorous, often wrenching detail, this book chronicles a young girl’s determined search for self. A fascinating read. — Nathan McCall, Makes Me Wanna Holler
What an extraordinary memoir! Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul is Laurie Jean Cannady’s intense yet inspiring story of overcoming the terrors and traumas that befall a young black woman on her hard-won path to selfhood and self-love … The light at the end of this fierce and uncompromising book is nourishment to the spirit. — Rigoberto González, Unpeopled Eden
AUTHOR PROFILE: http://www.lauriejeancannady.net
AUTHOR COMMENTS: “I think the summary of the book above makes this clear. I’d tie Crave in with issues like poverty, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. Overcoming adversity. ”
WHERE TO BUY IT: Wherever books are sold.
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: https://www.facebook.com/lauriejeancannady/