Sherrie Fernandez-Williams

Author of Soft: A Memoir

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 S
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is the girl who grew up in the projects of Brooklyn, who escaped by making hard choices.  She realizes as early as third grade how “frightening freedom can be”-a metaphor not only for the freedom she allowed herself that day in third grade to write, right on through recess, but a  foreshadowing of the freedom she would embrace as she eventually escapes from a love-less, abusive marriage.  Fernandez-Williams admits she, early on, knew “that shame was the shortest distance between a point and the psychiatric unit.”  She “left it, back in Brooklyn,” “whatever was just too damn heavy”  and moved to the Midwest newly married, with a college degree, only to discover her life had soon become “Tempered by the Midwest, tempered by marriage, by age, by middle-classdom, by religiosity,and [her] longings for small houses and station wagons.” 

Fernandez-William’s dream of adopting a child is offset by the realities of mothering.  Her love for her unloving husband is offset by years of knowing she loved women. Jesus is the savior Fernandez-Williams clings to, even as her belief in Christianity wanes.

-- Sherry Quan Lee, author of Chinese Blackbird, How to Write a Suicide Note, and Love Imagined: a mixed race memoir

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