Friday, October 09, 2009

Are We Related?

Are We Related?
Publisher: Granta Books, 2009
Cover painting: Familie am Meer, 1964 © Gerhard Richter 2009
The New Granta Book of the Family

You can’t choose your relatives. But you can love them, loathe them, rage against them or take after them. Right from the earliest issues of Granta, writing about the family, whether as fiction or personal memoir, has been one of the magazine’s strongest elements. Some of the finest pieces from the first fifteen years, 1979 to 1994, were collected in the first Granta Book of the Family, published in 1995. Now, this second volume brings together a new collection of pieces from 1995 to the present, all of which explore the complicated, often fraught relationships that families involve.

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