Anxious Attachments

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Anxious Attachments

Read by the Author

About the Book

Winner of 2020 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction
Longlisted for PEN America’s 2020 Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

The stunning, intimate essays in Anxious Attachments take us through the life stages of a woman living in the American Southwest from the 1970s to the present. As she moves from adolescence into adulthood, the narrator grapples with attachments that develop through her family and her ties to the wider world around her while she works as a teacher, writer, and caregiver. Though written from a single woman’s perspective, these essays invite us to reflect on the many roles women play and the social factors that touch upon them. Alvarado’s stories portray a broad world of experience, reflecting on class, race, and poverty in America with emotional depth and sensitivity.

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Beth Alvarado is the author of three books: Anxious Attachments, a collection of essays; Anthropologies: A Family Memoir (University of Iowa Press); and Not a Matter of Love and other stories (Winner of the Many Voices Project Prize, New Rivers Press). Beth lived with her late husband and her two children in the Sonoran Borderlands […]

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