Sherrie Fernandez-Williams

Author of Soft: A Memoir

Reviews

 

"Soft, Sherrie Fernandez-William’s first book, is a relentlessly textured memoir exposing the author’s life as she goes back and forth in time, examining who she is today, and why.  Soft is a story for those who understand moving from one geographical, spiritual, or identity oriented place to another, hoping to escape, only to discover there are always other places that need escaping.  It is a story for those searching their own lives to understand the capacity we may have to move forward, even as we may be forced to move back, with strength, and dignity and compassion, and despite our fears."
-- Sherry Quan Lee, author of Chinese Blackbird, How to Write a Suicide Note, and Love Imagined: a mixed race memoir

"An African proverb says “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.”  In Soft, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams weaves the threads of her life; from her childhood in the Farragut Housing Project in Brooklyn to her move to St. Paul MN where she manages to survive a tumultuous marriage, through adopting and raising a set of twins, to her achieving an MFA degree and a fulfilling career and finding love with another woman.  In finding, claiming and owning her own power, Fernandez-Williams not only ties up a lion, she become a lioness.  Her story breaks down multiple stereotypes."
-- Carolyn Holbrook, author of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities

"Sherrie Fernandez-Williams is a new voice in memoir that you'll want to know: accomplished, unblinking, right there, telling truth. Soft is about coming up through poverty and silence and getting 'grown,' about writing as an act of faith, adoption and the shock of motherhood, terror and the hard true path of love. A bracing tender story that rings with joy. Turns out that crazy optimism and the disappointment it reaps can actually bloom, and 'life could be as spectacular as a light show of celestial bodies'."
-- Patricia Weaver Francisco, author of Telling
"Sherrie Fernandez writes luscious, sensate, tumultuous prose. Immerse yourself in her soft-yet-unflinching sentences, as well as the ever-changing body of her journey, and you are sure to come away changed."
-- Barrie Jean Borich, author of Body Geographic