Come celebrate the release of No Relation, Paula Carter’s debut collection of flash memoir.
When Paula first met James, she was 26, in graduate school, and not ready to be any kind of mother to his two young sons. But, years later, after caring for them and watching them grow, she finds herself unsure of what to do when her relationship with their father ends. In a collection of striking flash essays, Paula reveals the complexity of loving children who are not her own. No Relation is a deeply personal, beautifully rendered account of a seldom-remarked on kind of love and loss.
"Paula Carter is a dream of a writer, poetic and profound. Each of the seemingly quick essays that make up No Relation is its own little lightning bolt; I kept putting the book down to interrogate what had happened to my heart. She asks the big questions: what does it mean to be a woman, a mother? What makes up a family, an independent life? It gave me a part of myself I didn't know was missing."
– Megan Stielstra, author of The Wrong Way To Save Your Life
Paula Carter’s essays have appeared in Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Salon, and Prairie Schooner. As a freelance writer she has contributed to publications such as Writer’s Digest and Creative Nonfiction. Based in Chicago, she is a company member with the storytelling series 2nd Story. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Women & Children Frist is her neighborhood bookstore and she is delighted to be holding this event at such an important literary institution.