On May 1st, 2011, a new anthology, He Said What?, Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed, edited by Victoria Zackheim, will be released. My story, Brotherly Love, is penned using my husband’s surname: Colleen Robinson.
I have been riveted by the other stories in this anthology. I am humbled and honored to be in the same book with such a collection of thoughtful, funny and inspiring authors.
Here’s what He Said What? is about:
I love you. The meeting ran late. I want a divorce. One little word, one casual lie, one devastating announcement—and our lives are turned upside down forever.
In He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed (Seal Press/May 2011/$16.95), 25 gifted women writers share profoundly personal moments in which a man in their life said something—good or bad—that changed them irrevocably. Editor Victoria Zackheim gathers together an eclectic group of essays—some heartbreaking, others hilarious—that demonstrate the incredible power that words have to influence our lives.
Contributor Caroline Leavitt relives the moment when she realized her picture-perfect boyfriend was a liar who was interested only in controlling her. Writer Joyce Maynard reveals the profound humiliation and trauma she suffered when, after she abandoned her studies at Yale to move in with J.D. Salinger at just 18, he suddenly ordered her to pack her bags and leave. Author and screenwriter Amy Ferris writes about what her father said after she dropped out of high school at age 15—right before she flew across the country to hitchhike her way from San Francisco to an Oregon commune.
Funny, provocative, touching, and thrilling, He Said What? illustrates the powerful impact the right, or wrong, words can have on a person’s life—and brilliantly captures the moments in which words transform into a series of actions.