FAMILIES: THE FRONTLINE OF PLURALISM
Charles D. Brockett
The difficulties of living up close and personal with diversity—of sensibility, race, culture, class, or religion—is the subject of the stories, memoirs, and poetry in this anthology.
In these works by thirty-five contemporary writers we learn what it means to them to absorb the implications of being of mixed race, to be raised by a parent who suffers from being on the wrong side of history, to carry the burden of immigrant parents' self-sacrifice.
We learn what it means to fully live out choices to marry across religion or culture, to hear our children chatter happily in a language we can't speak, to feel our imagination try to find its way into a world completely alien to us, still raw with the wounds of civil war.
We learn about the tensions—and love—that develop between siblings when one is disabled; what it means to create relationships with children after divorce, to make a space in our own heart for the children of step-children.
We learn how completely parenthood shifts our priorities, whether we are lesbian parents adopting children from Guatemala, a single mother expanding her family of two with another child from China, a lesbian mother shifting sexual orientation to create a stable family clan, a white poet fostering a black child from an inner-city ghetto. 268 pp. ISBN 978-0-9796552-3-4
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword - Heather Tosteson
Eternal Youth - Kerry Langan
Thoughts After Hearing A Lecture On Translation - Debra Gingerich
Age Appropriate - Teresa Tumminello Brader
'Mother Lady' - Phyllis Langton
Community - Elizabeth di Grazia
See Saw Family - Jess Wells
Kalia Abiade•Karen Aschenbrenner•Annabelle Baptista
Elinor Benedict•Teresa Tumminello Brader•Yu-Han Chao
Amy Dengler•Elizabeth di Grazia•Benjamin Arda Doty
Catherine R. Fiorello•Debra Gingerich•John Grey•Andrei Guruianu
Cheryl Hicks•Daniel M. Jaffe•Bonnie Wai-Lee Kwong•Kerry Langan
Phyllis Langton•Janice Levy•Jessamyn Luong
Michele Markarian•Daniel R. Martinez•Precious McKenzie
Wendy Jones Nakanishi•Sheryl L. Nelms•Carl Palmer•Diane Raptosh
Donna Lee Richardson•John Rybicki•Patti See•Lorena Smith
Anna Steegmann•Bruce Taylor•Jess Wells•Cherise Wyneken