If you enjoy reading memoirs, or if you are learning all you can about them, (perhaps even threatening to write one), this is a book you'll want to make sure you get your hands on. I've just finished it for the first time. Feel like I need to read it again, because I was so delighted with the story and the way it was written, the way words and images melded into amazing descriptions, that I charged through it. One of Mary's lines at the end of the book says a lot about the effect this first memoir of hers has had on readers. 'Reading Liars' Club seemed to crowbar open something in people.' I can totally understand why.
I happened to discover this wonderful book, published in 2015, in the it's-yours-for-free box at the local library. Just proves that one library's trash is another person's treasure. Here's one of my favourite quotes. 'In fact, every memoirist I know seems doomed to explore the past in an often-agonized death march down the page.' Hope you get a chance to at least read the Preface. It's a classic. Happy reading, Michele www.michelegierck.com.au
It's great getting reader responses to Fraying. So many people whose parents have had dementia have written to me, and I find their stories so moving. Here's a few lines received this week. 'I purchased a copy of Fraying and I simply couldn't put it down. It was like I was reading my own life experiences with my mother... Thank you so much for writing this story for me too. It will remain a most treasured book on my bookshelf and shared with others.' All I can say is thank you, thank you to readers. The more we share our stories, the richer the community. Stories, after all, are our treasures. Michele Gierck Author/Freelance Writer/Speaker
Thanks so much to those readers who have taken time to write to me to tell me of the delight they have taken in my latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me. One of those responses, from a trauma nurse who, it turns out, grew up in an orphanage was so touching. Reading about her life, I began to see Fraying through new eyes. We have all walked such different paths, and stories are such a great way to understand the path others tread. Image: Maguk, Kakadu National Park, Australia (Gotta get yourself there!) Image and text copyright: Michele Gierck
So pleasing to see my latest book- Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me - in stores. Celebrated with an 'In Conversation' with Morag Fraser, at Readings Hawthorn. (Pic - Michele Gierck on the left, Morag Fraser on the right.) To hear Michele Gierck's radio interview with Richard Fidler, broadcast across Australia, here's the links. ABC website: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2015/02/25/4186353.htm On SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/abc-conversations/michele-gierck-caring-for-my-mum-with-alzheimers Fraying is available as a paperback, or an ebook.
Creativity is a fascinating process. Critical to it, and I'm speaking from a writer's perspective, is the capacity and determination to pursue an idea - be it fashionable or not. And to believe in it. Relentlessly. It was like that with my first book, published in 2006. And so it is with the current two! Image: Baby and Mother Tern, Lord Howe Island, Australia Text and Image copyright Michele Gierck www.michelegierck.com.au
Inspiration must be one of the most precious, unpurchasable gifts of life. And I've been lapping it up as I work on my children's book about two beautiful fish who embark on a wild adventure. These days , it seems as if much of my inspiration is drawn from nature. Photo: Maguk Walk, Kakadu National Park, Australia Text and Image Copyright Michele Gierck www.michelegierck.com.au
Stories are a precious gift. And good ones are long remembered. Sometimes simply slowing down, being present, and listening, we unearth amazing stories. And nowhere is this more apparent than being out in the wilds of the world. Photo: The Flinders Ranges, South Australia Photo and Text: © Michele Gierck