From Mike Thee in the Seattle University Newsroom: “As the stress and strain of her husband’s injury exacted a toll on their marriage, her entries began to take a new form. “The demise of our relationship was happening before my eyes,” she says, “and when he eventually left the family home, I began writing letters to him (in my journal) to make myself feel less resentful.” In time, Cannon got more serious about her emerging craft and enrolled in an MFA program in Creative Writing. It was, she says, “a huge gift to myself.”
From Tyler Rose LaMay, Collateral Intern: “Shame is the ugly bridesmaid’s dress that gets shoved into the dark recesses of a closet. We know it’s there, and from time to time, thoughts of it drift into our consciousness. We become adept at shoving it sideways, looking around it, keeping the torment and the guilt of our shame to ourselves. Sarah Cannon’s The Shame of Losing is an open, honest look at a life, a family, and a marriage forever changed by a traumatic event. In effect, Cannon throws open the closet door where shame is draped and lets us all inside.”
From the Author Q & A with Women Writers, Women Books: “We know all the best stories are close to the bone in that way that makes us question, Is this a true story? In my case, I was living my story while writing about it, and my new writer friends and mentors knew it, because that’s what I kept bringing to the table. When one obsesses on a theme, it’s time to pay attention.”
From the Author Q & A with Literary magazine, Pif: “I did not imagine I would write a memoir. I thought only celebrities or retired politicians wrote memoirs, and that you had to pronounce “memoir” in French, which sounded kind of snooty to me. I thought that you had to be really sophisticated to have a story worthy of telling. I came to grad school thinking I was going to learn how to write a movie script. I was fascinated by the drama in my life and wanted to build from it and learn that form. I was interested in entertaining others, not examining myself.”
Read an excerpt from Mom Egg Review and read from the Authors’ Notes: “Capturing the arc of a young, privileged woman in love with her chosen capable man who goes on to face hardship she never could have imagined, has been the hardest and most rewarding way to contain this grief. Am I still sad? Yes, sometimes. Am I ashamed? Not really. Or I am, but I am working on it. In creating literature and making a book, I found a way to liberate myself little bit. I documented how I viewed the world and I did this for my children.” Read a review at Mom Egg Review by poet and English professor Christine Stewart-Nunez.