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Twenty-two authors come together to tell true stories for the annual Memoir Showcase contest organized by the International Memoir Writers Association. Edited by Marni Freedman and Tracy J. Jones, Shaking The Tree: That's a Terrible Idea. What Time? contains twenty-two short stories penned by esteemed authors such as Lindsey Salatka, Barbara Huntington, Janell Strube, Jen Laffler, Kathleen A. McCabe, Kimberly Joy, Chili Cilch, and many more. A white woman finds her true calling after she joins a Korean flash mob group of middle-aged women. An aspiring poet lands a job at a Wall Street investment bank, leading to an affair with a married coworker with bittersweet consequences. A young woman's attempt at scuba diving in a cave in Guam is a near-death experience. Finally, a long-time married woman's life turns upside down when her husband's lover invites her for lunch.
Marni Freedman and Tracy J. Jones have done a stellar job editing and compiling this captivating true story collection you don't want to miss. Shaking The Tree: That's a Terrible Idea. What Time? is a diverse collection of short stories about people at different stages of their lives. Each story brings something unique of its own to the narrative. You will find distinct writing styles and prose with a common theme of exploring the human living experience and how it differs from person to person, especially when tested to its limits. This is a must-read for you if you enjoy true stories that push the envelope.