He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed

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Victoria Zackheim
Da Capo Press, Apr 26, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 295 pages
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I love you. The meeting ran late. I want a divorce. One little word, one casual lie, one devastating announcement--and our lives are turned upside down forever.

In He Said What?, twenty-six gifted women writers share profoundly personal moments in which a man in their life said something--good or bad--that changed them irrevocably. Joyce Maynard reveals the profound humiliation and trauma she suffered when, after dropping out of Yale to move in with J.D. Salinger at just 18, he suddenly ordered her to pack her bags and leave. Author and screenwriter Amy Ferris writes about what her father said to her after she dropped out of high school at 15--right before she flew across the country to hitchhike her way from San Francisco to an Oregon commune.

With additional contributions from Dr. Margot Duxler, Beverly Donofrio, Sherry Glaser, Abby Frucht, Jane Ganahl, Christine Kehl O’Hagan, Susanne Dunlap, and Caroline Leavitt, this is a beautifully-penned, intimate collection of stories about the powerful impact that the right--or the wrong--words can have on a person’s life.

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About the author (2011)

Victoria Zackheim is the author of The Bone Weaver and editor of three previous anthologies: The Other Woman, For Keeps, and The Face in the Mirror. She is the story developer and writer of the documentary film Tracing Thalidomide: The Frances Kelsey Story and other films for On the Road Productions. She teaches personal essay in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, is a frequent lecturer and panelist at book and writing conferences, and writes/records commentaries and book reviews for the Mimi Geerges Show on XM-Satellite radio. Zackheim is presently developing a play based on her first anthology, The Other Woman, and working on a play about Colette and post-war accusations of Nazi collaboration.

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