“I want hard stories, I demand them from myself. Hard stories are worth the difficulty. It seems to me the only way I have forgiven anything, understood anything, is through that process of opening up to my own terror and pain and reexamining it, re-creating it in the story, and making it something different, making it meaningful – even if the meaning is only in the act of the telling.” – Dorothy Allison
Dorothy Allison is the author of the semi-autobiographical book Bastard Out of Carolina which was a National Book Award finalist. She writes novels, short stories, and screenplays, and has won several literary awards.