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Speaking through the things of their lives: writing a memoir with my parents' melancholy objects
Text: Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs
In the process of writing my memoir about living with my adoptive parents, I have had to reconstruct their lives through the objects and things that they left behind. Our communication as a family -I was an only child -was fractured, difficult, sometimes non-existent. They kept secrets and spoke little about certain key aspects of their lives so that I knew little about them; this became clear after the death of my adoptive mother in 2001, when I discovered letters, documents, and a series ofdoi:10.52086/001c.25832 fatcat:2nacuxcgzrhp7o6nppgjc3y56y