A Sinner of Memory

by Melita Schaum ’78, ’84Ph.D. (Michigan State University Press)


“Through telling and reflecting, we have a chance to revisit emotional truths, to reclaim the subtleties of experience,” the author writes. In this memoir, she revisits her relationships with family, friends and lovers; her travels to Paris, Venice and Australia; her surgery for breast cancer; life in an arts colony; the emotions of aging; the importance attached to things by those who have suffered loss.

Her lyrical prose surveys the unexpected joys and complications of midlife, the surprises of the journey. Praised for the poignancy and grace of her work, Schaum has received numerous awards for creative nonfiction.

(October 2004)