Ann Beattie wrote a terrific line in one of my favorite short stories of all time, “Snow.”
This is what she said: “Any life will seem dramatic if you leave out mention of most of it.”
Holy Ghosts is a memoir and like most memoirs it leaves out a lot of the day-to-day experiences that a person has—standing on a line at the grocery store, cleaning the house, cooking food, doing laundry, the mundane but necessary things we do at work. To include all those things in a memoir would make for a cumbersome story and probably just bore people to tears.
So, this book really does focus primarily on the extraordinary circumstances that happened over a twelve month period in my family’s life (as well as a number of flashbacks from when I was a young boy).
the complete interview with Gary Jansen is here.