Phyllis Theroux an essayist, columnist, teacher and author found herself at a crossroad ten years ago. Having been divorced for many years, her children long gone from the nest, she moved from her longtime Washington, DC home to tiny Ashland, Virginia. She was settling into a quieter life with her elderly mother and the freelance writing gigs that (sometimes barely) paid the bills. As she had done since the beginning of her writing career, she poured her thoughts, feelings, uncertainties and triumphs into her journal, emerging years later with The Journal Keeper A Memoir (Atlantic Monthly Press-March 9, 2010), a remarkable examination of six years in a writer’s life.
In The Journal Keeper, Theroux touches on topics that occupy us all. As Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge says, “It’s all here—births, deaths, and marriages—and the reader is invited into the intimacies of a world that is both familiar and full of surprises.” Theroux finds universal themes, but her words breathe life into her experiences in a way only a writer can. The book not only gives us a glimpse into one woman’s world, but it is also a study in the art of journal keeping. Theroux urges fellow artists to keep a journal not as a mere recitation of events, but as a means of unblocking the inner pathways to their own creativity.
Phyllis Theroux’s books include the memoir California and Other States of Grace, several essay collections, including Nightlights: Bedtime Stories for Parents in the Dark, a novella, Giovanni’s Light, and an anthology, The Book of Eulogies. She is the founder of Nightwriters, which conducts writing and creativity seminars in the United States and abroad.
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