Freeman's: Family is the second literary anthology in the series reviewers are calling bold” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) and refreshing” (Chicago Literati). Following a debut issue on the theme of Arrival,” Freeman circles a new topic whose definition is constantly challenged by the best of our writers: family.
In an essay called "Crossroads," Aminatta Forna muses on the legacy of slavery as she settles her family in Washington, DC, where she is constantly accused of cutting in line whenever she stands next to her white husband. Families are hardly stable entities, so many writers discover. Award-winning novelist Claire Vaye Watkins delivers a stunning portrait of a woman in the throes of postpartum depression. Booker Prize winner Marlon James takes the focus off absent fathers to write about his mother, who calls to sing him happy birthday every year. Even in the darkest moments, humor abounds. In Claire Messud’s home there are two four-legged tyrants; Sandra Cisneros writes about her extended family of past lovers; and Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his uncle's return from the Soviet gulag.
With outstanding work from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers alike, Freeman's: Family collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories about family life today.
Grove Atlantic; August 2016
- ISBN: 9780802190444
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- Title: Freeman's: Family
- Author: John Freeman (ed.)
Imprint: Grove Press
In The Press
Praise for Freeman's: Family
"The second edition of this already celebrated literary anthology series matches its ambitious intent to an intimate theme. The assembled contributorsan impressively diverse group including Marlon James, Sandra Cisneros, and Tracy K. Smithoffer fascinating takes on the ties that bind."O Magazine
Strikingly international.”—Boston Globe
Freeman draws from a global cache of talent . . . This collection takes on the family from within and without, in ways one might expect and others totally unanticipated, for an expansive reading experience.”Kirkus Reviews
This is a great tasting plate of the best writers working in the business today.”The Week, 28 books to read in 2016”
A themed literary anthology with a compellingly global purview . . . The early pagestaut and vulnerableset the tone. What follows is less an anthology than a conversation, the sense of intimacy that sharing family stories invites in real life, captured on the page.”Australian
Praise for Freeman's: Arrival
"There's an illustrious new literary journal in town . . . [with] fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by new voices and literary heavyweightsHaruki Murakami, Lydia Davis, Louise Erdrichalike."Vogue.com
A terrific anthology . . . Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell and a host of other lively writers let loose their imaginations in editor John Freeman’s first outing with a new literary journal that is sure to become a classic in years to come.”San Francisco Chronicle
Looking at what John [Freeman] has put together in this first edition, I’m struck by how many names I don’t know and how diverse and global it is. My only disappointment is that it’s going to be twice a yearI think we need it 4 times a year.”James Wood, Radio Boston
Illuminating . . . Perfect reading for our ever-accelerating times.”NPR’s Book Concierge
[Freeman] wants writers to be seen . . . The roster of writers included in the first issue is impressive . . . and the stories they tell in Freeman’s feel like hands reaching out from the ether to save the reader from everyday life, they connect . . . Freeman’s is very much like New York, a melting pot where folks can be themselves . . . The world has certainly arrived in the pages of Freeman’s.”New York Observer
Freeman’s is fresh, provocative, engrossing.”BBC.com
A first-rate anthology of bold, searching and personal writing by emerging and established writers on the theme of arrival . . . If this first installment is anything to go by, it has all the hallmarks of a promising new project . . . Prepare to be transported.”Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Freeman's sets a new standard for literary journals. It’s a welcome addition to the ever-growing roster of publications out there today. It’s refreshing and full of nuanced stories that will linger with you long after you finish them. I can’t wait to see how this publication takes off."Chicago Literati, 4/5 stars
[An] infinitely relatable and beautifully crafted prose and poetry anthology . . . Freeman has assembled a thoughtful and profoundly accessible collection of work that connects our vulnerabilities, our expectations and our hopes.”Newcity Lit
Arrival is not a gimmick; it’s a heartbeat. Listening for its pulse from one page to the next encourages dual enjoyment, first with each individual piece, and then the pieces in conversation . . . From Bangladesh to the West Bank, Bosnia to Jamaica, Sudan to Iceland, the focus is refreshingly global.”Australian
[Freeman’s] latest project . . . might be his most remarkable achievement to date . . . [A] thrillingly unique collection of voices.”Toronto Star
About The Author
John Freeman was the editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist and Tales of Two Cities: the Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York. He is executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review.