New nonfiction from LAMBDA nominee, Allison Gruber.
TRANSFERENCE follows author Allison Gruber’s journey throughout a decade, beginning with the end of her breast cancer treatment in Milwaukee and ending with her recurrent, stage IV diagnosis in Arizona. This collection of creative nonfiction explores illness and mortality but also delves into relationships teachers form with students, what it means to recreate one’s home, and the experience of falling in love—with a person, with a profession, with a place. Blending humor with heartbreak, TRANSFERENCE broaches cancer, high art, gun violence, racism, homophobia, and more as recent history is exposed in the absurd and everyday-extraordinary. These essays emphasize how and why we need each other as well as the ways in which we are also deeply alone in our experiences.
Literary Nonfiction. Essays.
Allison Gruber is an essayist and educator. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Pithead Chapel, The Forge Literary Magazine, The Sonora Review, The Literary Review, Hippocampus, and decomP MagazinE, among others. Gruber's debut collection, You're Not Edith (George Braziller, 2015) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She has also been a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Her essay, "A Music in the Head" received a "notable mention" in Best American Essays (2015). She is a regular contributor to Flagstaff Live's "Letter From Home" series. An earlier version of this manuscript was a finalist for Kore Press' Memoir Competition, judged by Cheryl Strayed. She holds an MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now lives and teaches in Tucson, Arizona.