Literary Nonfiction. Women's Studies. Raised in a family of seven, in a small ramshackle farmhouse without plumbing, award-winning author Debra Di Blasi maps a candid and eloquent memoir of a Midwest childhood both land rich and dirt poor, both heaven and hell. Surrounded by creatures big and small, rolling fields and pastures, weedy lawn, deep woods and shimmering waters, she wrestles with the complexity of a crowded family shaped by place and doomed to tear itself apart. SELLING THE FARM explores the difficult intersection of grief and love, and the many contradictions in nature, life and death, and memory itself. Her lyrical recollections move from season to season with language visually and aurally shaped to reconsider the ways that we bear witness to any place and time—and to ourselves amid all. As personal and global extinctions loom in the foreground, and family farms become increasingly scarce, these elegiac ruminations remind us how much has been—and will be—lost to us all.
Debra Di Blasi is the author of eight books, including, SELLING THE FARM (C&R Press, 2020); Today Is the Day That Will Matter: An Oral History of the New America: #AlternativeFictions; and Drought & Say What You Like, which won the Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award. Her writing appears in anthologies of innovative writing and in many prominent journals. She is a former publisher, educator, and art columnist.Author City: USA