The fabulous La Belette Rouge (therapist/writer) does it again in her blog post today which discusses, in her typically thoughtful way, how titles can influence our experience reading a book. She mentions my book’s title, which was not an easy one to land upon for me. I’m not a great namer of things. I’m the sort that calls you by your whole name until you give me permission to use your nick name even if everybody calls you Smitty. I love that she understood why my memoir is called THIS IS NOT THE STORY YOU THINK IT IS. I love that it worked in her as she read along. How it challenged her not to make assumptions, take sides, impose stereotypes upon the material. While the title in and of itself may seem like an assumption, as if I profess to know what you think…it’s really a play upon social stereotypes or collectively unconscious “agreements” we make when we delve into a ceratin subject. So no, mine is not a marital rag. It’s not an angry lament. It’s not a victim-stanced tome. The title asks us to let down our hackles, and come along for a ride that might just surprise us. I love that she got it, and thought to write about it here.
LBR will be my guest this month at my HAVEN newsletter. The subject will be: Phobia.
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