Suffer the Children – Well-said words from Powell’s Books blog
“A fellow writer wants to know more about something I’ve written, something centering on a child’s body at the center of the storm of war. She asks, ‘Why bring violence and sexuality so close to the body of a child?’ Her eyes blur and magnify when she says it. I can hear the flutter of worry in her voice. We are both mothers. We have both lost children.”
This is the most powerful blog post I’ve read in a long time. It’s difficult for any of us to read.
It’s more difficult for a writer because we call consider such questions, though the subject matter may be different.
What is the truth of our story? Can we tell it? Should we? I think that if we know it, we have no choice but to tell it.
People will say we’ve gone too far or should have made it (the truth or the story or maybe the description) less horrific than it actually was. That would make it a lie, I think.
Lidia Yuknavitch has a lot of courage and couldn’t have expressed her truths with more beauty and eloquence.