Inside Out: Reflections on a Life So Far

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Doubleday Canada, 2001 - Authors, Canadian - 238 pages
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Ten years after the publication of her bestselling memoir "Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, in a collection of eloquent and affecting pieces, Evelyn Lau reflects on her life, her relationships, and her identity as a writer.
Moving seamlessly through past and present, Lau describes how her complex, painful relationship with her parents has shaped her adult desires, thwarting her efforts to connect with both men and women. She recalls her dangerous battle with bulimia and examines her continued struggle against crippling depression. Revisiting her life as a prostitute, she explores the extent to which it continues to distort her perception of herself and how others view her. Lau discusses how she now values home and traces this new attitude back to her time on the streets. Above all, she considers her life as a writer, remembering the force with which her childhood passion for writing was once suppressed. She reveals the supreme importance she has come to place on her writing and explains her controversial willingness to breach the boundaries between public and private in the name of art.
Beautifully written, each of these pieces is remarkable for its startling honesty, sensitivity, and painful insight. With "Inside Out Evelyn Lau, an author of superb poetry and fiction, establishes herself as an accomplished nonfiction writer.

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Evelyn Yee-Fun Lau was born in Vancouver on July 2, 1971 to Chinese immigrants. Her parents were obsessive about their children, demanding constant top performance at school and expecting Lau, to become a medical doctor. In 1983 she began publishing poems and short stories in magazines. Early in 1986 she ran away from her unbearable family and school life. She became a drug abuser and prostitute in Vancouver and chronicling in her diary her life on the streets and her struggle as an emerging writer. The manuscript became a bestseller when it was published in 1989 under the title Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, and was later turned into a made-for-television movie. Fresh Girls & Other Stories published in 1993, established her as one of Canada's leading writers.

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