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Sunday, June 27, 2010

FAQs on Annie’s Ghosts (#4)

Another FAQ from my talks on Annie's Ghosts:

Q: "Did you find out exactly why your mom hid her sister's existence?"

A: Before I get to that, I'd like to answer another question that has come my way several times in the past week, including twice yesterday at the American Library Association's conference in Washington.

Q: Is your book available on Kindle?

A: Yes (as well as other e-book formats).

Now back to regularly scheduled programming.

My journey into our family secret took me around the country, as I tracked down unknown relatives and friends of my mom from the 1930s and 1940s. I read all the letters -- 600 of them -- that my parents exchanged during my father's Army days in World War II. As best as I could, I recreated my mom's worlds, both the one that she left behind and the one that she inhabited while I was growing up. I came away with a strong sense of what she did and why she did it, and of the social forces that influenced her.

I'm going to stop there, so that I stay on this side of the spoiler rules (don't give away the story).

Next and final FAQ: "How did writing Annie's Ghosts affect your relationships with ..."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve, I truly loved the book. Frankly, I found it riveting and spent a solid weekend reading it...and then rereading excerpts. Being from your home town and having visited Eloise many times as a teen volunteer, your book gave me an opportunity to once again think through my experiences there and to make meaning of them as an adult. BTW, I'm married to the friend you used to shoot baskets with on your driveway on Houghton. My best to your family.

December 29, 2010 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger Steve Luxenberg said...

Thanks for the note! You've triggered my curiosity, of course, about the two degrees of separation between us. If you'd like to write more, you can send a direct email to

-- Steve

December 29, 2010 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Tiny Stuffs said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I discovered this year about an aunt who was sent to a mental institution as a child and died at 17. Congratulations on finding the information you needed. I am just starting on my quest for the truth of what happened in this place and what life was like for the patients there. So far all information I have gathered has been the stuff of nightmares. So as I do so I must now read your book too. Thanks for bringing your story to others like me who are trying to seek the truth for our families secrets.

June 12, 2013 at 4:59 PM  

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