Apple, Tree features 25 eloquent essayists who consider a trait they’ve inherited from a parent, exploring how it affects the lives they lead today, how it shifts their relationships, and how it changes their sense of self. Topics include perversion, the paranormal, grudges, boredom, dinner, luck, and more. Together, these all new essays form a prismatic meditation on how we make fresh sense of ourselves and ourparents when we see the traces of them that live on in us.
Lise Funderburg is a writer and editor and a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home and Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity. Find out more at lisefunderburg.
Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the short story collection Don’t Erase Me, awarded the Art Seidenbaum Award of the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize, the John C. Zachiris Award given by Ploughshares, and the Quality Paperback Book Prize for First Fiction. Her stories have been anthologized in numerous publications. Ferrell has received grants from the Fulbright Association, German Academic Exchange
(DAAD), and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Marc Mewshaw graduated cum laude from Princeton and holds an MFA in creative writing from NYU. He was awarded the Solares Hill short story prize and nominated for Best New American Voices in 2005, and his travel journalism and essays have appeared in the New York Times,
the Boston Globe, The Telegraph, Atlantic.com, The Millions, and elsewhere.
Clifford Thompson received a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction in 2013 for Love for Sale and Other Essays. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, the Times Literary Supplement, The Threepenny Review, Commonweal, Cineaste, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He has taught creative nonfiction writing at Queens College, New York University,
and Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Brooklyn. Find out more at cliffordthompson.info.
Dana Prescott has lived and worked in Italy for over thirty years. She is the author of Around Rome with Kids and has written travel essays for the
Christian Science Monitor, the Seattle Times, the Washington Post, and others. Her poems have been published in the Bennington Review
and the Journal of Poetic Research. She has taught in the Rome programs of Cornell University, Temple University, and the University of Washington, among others.
"These essays, in addition to being resonant in their own right, will also move readers to recollect stories of their own parents."
Publishers Weekly , starred review
“Apple, Tree is an unflinching exploration of the complicated geography of families. At once heartfelt and searching, these affecting stories remind us that parental likenesses once shunned can surprise, move, and reconnect us in unexpected ways.”
Andrea Barnet, author of Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, JaneJacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World
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