Till death (or something else) do us part
Creative Nonfiction #59 // Spring 2016
Get ready for a new world.
Our spring issue surveys the contemporary landscape of matrimony, as writers recall walking down the aisle for the first or third or fifth time; vow never to wed again, except in the role of officiant; dissect the first year of marriage; brave City Hall; and realize what it means to bind yourself, for better or for worse, to another person. There's no one way to get or to be married, and when it comes to the ties that bind, it's a new world.
Plus, a profile of New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox; why divorce memoirs are flourishing; and a special single-author collection of Tiny Truths.
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Jane Bernstein // Amanda J. Crawford // Maribeth Fischer // Patrice Gopo // Shahnaz Habib // Kathleen McKitty Harris // Elane Johnson // Jane Maher // Randon Billings Noble // Jeff Oaks // Candace Opper // Heather Osterman-Davis // Melissa Shepard // Vivian Wagner // Kim Wyatt
"What's the Story?"
From the editor
"A Story We Tell Ourselves and Others"
Finding inspiration in marriage memoirs
"The Math of Marriage"
One simple equation compels the author to take a fifth trip down the aisle
"We Can Only Navigate With What We Know"
A conversation with Elane Johnson, winner of CNF's $1,000 "Marriage" essay contest
Quotes from the issue
“These days, we're free--for better or for worse, as the traditional ceremony puts it--to pick and choose, to figure out what's truly important, rather than relying on tradition to tell us.”
- Lee Gutkind
“Nonfiction can get us closer to the fascinating questions at the heart of any marriage.”
- Randon Billings Noble
"Perhaps marriage had lulled me into a false sense of intimacy with my husband's culture."
- Patrice Gopo