But That Didn’t Happen To You


A comfortable walk in the woods with the hounds of memory, now

by Harry Marten

A comfortable walk in the woods with the hounds of memory, this memoir considers life and memory not as a “summoning of the completed past to give shape to a fluid present,” but more as invention — “putting up a fiction of ‘then’ shaped by the needs of ‘now.'” Anita Diamant, author of The Red Tent and The Last Days of Dogtown wrote, “I felt blessed reading But That Didn’t Happen To You — being in the presence of profound tenderness. Blessed. Wow.”

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    Like Nabakov in Speak, Memory Marten has the humility to understand the powerlessness of the human mind to separate fact from personal myth in the uncontrollable swirl of remembering. Like James McKonkey and James Salter, he understands that the mystery of imagination relies upon an intuitive faith in a meaning beyond us in the stories of our lives. In a world in which the concept of decency is too obvious for the self-embodied irony of the age–an age in which what Octavio Paz called “the religion of progress” has negated the pursuit of happiness–our age–Marten’s memoir is an affirmation of hope that rises above the cries & whispers that forever attend the culture of resigned optimism.–William Hathaway, author of True Confessions & False Romances, A Wilderness of Monkeys, The Gymnast of Inertia, Looking Into the Heart of Light, and Sightseer.

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