[Audio] Marilyn Reads Her Memoir Essay “The Bruise”

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One of my many highlights from this year’s AWP conference, which I attended last week in Minneapolis, was Under the Gum Tree magazine’s reading on Friday evening. I was honored to read my memoir essay “The Bruise,” which appears in River Teeth: A Journal of  Nonfiction Narrative. It occurred to me during the reading that, because “The Bruise” appears in a print journal and is not available online, it rarely sees the light of day. So I thought I would share with you a recording of me reading “The Bruise.” Enjoy! Listen to audio recording (11 minutes) here.

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  • Ginny April 15, 2015   Reply →

    Hi there dearest Marilyn. I so want to listen to your lovely voice reading this wonderful essay, but I can’t seem to find the right link or image to click on to make it happen. Thoughts?

  • MaryJo Comins April 15, 2015   Reply →

    The ending gave me goose bumps. Your abundant sensory images pulled me into the scenes so I clearly traveled the story with you, feeling it all along the way. Thank you for this marvelous example of a well constructed memoir.

  • Alice Hembra April 16, 2015   Reply →

    This reading ties in perfectly with what I just recently learned on your site relating to combining narrative and reflective voice. It is indeed a hard lesson for a child to come to the realization that people, even the ones we love, are multi-faceted individuals, a blending of perfection and imperfection. I was hiding in the corner watching it all unfold. Thanks for inviting me in.

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