If creative non-fiction were a bird, it would surely be a magpie. Like
the fractious, black-and-white bird with the iridescent feathers and
raucous voice, creative non-fiction operates on audacity and curiosity.
Grounded firmly in “real life,” it nevertheless swoops
across the writing landscape, picking up the bright baubles of invention
wherever it finds them. As long as the item glitters, the inventive
magpie will appropriate it, to enhance its sallies into narrative.
Yet, despite its flights of fancy, the magpie of creative non-fiction
is a hardliner when it comes to actuality – it does not invent
its stories, it simply tells them dramatically.
- Lynne Van Luven
From the introduction to Going Some Place (Coteau Books, 2000)
Read the reviews for
Nobody's Mother: Life without kids
Childless - Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post, Mar. 11/07
Getting off the mommy train - Elizabeth Nickson, The Globe and Mail, Dec. 16/06
Why they didn't go forth and multiply - Rebecca Wigod, The Vancouver Sun, Nov. 4/06