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Book Title: The Girl Factory: A Memoir|
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The author of the book: Karen Dietrich
Date of issue: October 1st 2013
ISBN 13: 9780762791811
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It’s 1985 in a small factory town near Pittsburgh. Eight-year-old Karen’s parents are lifelong workers at the Anchor Glass plant, where one Saturday, an employee goes on a shooting spree, killing four supervisors, then himself. This event splits the young girl’s life open, and like her mother, she begins to seek comfort in obsessive rituals and superstitions. This beautifully evocative memoir chronicles the next fourteen years, as Karen moves through girlhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. It illuminates small-town factory life; explores a complicated mother-daughter bond; thoughtfully unfolds a smart, but insecure girl’s coming of age; achingly recounts her attempts to use sex to fit in; and ultimately uncovers the buried secret from her childhood—a medical file with an unbearable report. The Girl Factory deftly travels the intersections of memory and origin. Karen’s body remembers details her mind has tried to control. As the young woman mines her interior landscape for answers, certain questions persist. Where does memory live—in the body or the mind? And can you rewrite the story of your past?
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Read information about the authorKaren Dietrich grew up in the 1980s in a small factory town fifty-seven miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Her first full length book, THE GIRL FACTORY: A MEMOIR (skirt/Globe Pequot) is forthcoming October 1, 2013.
She is the author of three chapbooks from small presses: Understory (dancing girl press, 2013), Girl Years (Matter Press, 2012) and Anchor Glass (Finishing Line Press, 2011).
Karen lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and works as an adjunct writing instructor at Westmoreland County Community College and The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.
She is represented by Alice Martell of The Martell Agency.
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