It’s 1985 in a small factory town near
Pittsburgh. Eight-year-old Karen’s parents are lifelong workers at the
Anchor Glass plant, where one Saturday, an employee goes on a shooting
spree, killing four supervisors, then himself. This event splits the
young girl’s life open, and like her mother, she begins to seek comfort
in obsessive rituals and superstitions.
beautifully evocative memoir chronicles the next fourteen years as
Karen moves through girlhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. It
illuminates small-town factory life; explores a complicated
mother-daughter bond; thoughtfully unfolds a smart, but insecure girl’s
coming of age; achingly recounts her attempts to use sex to fit in; and
ultimately uncovers the buried secret from her childhood—a medical file
with an unbearable report.
The Girl Factory
deftly travels the intersections of memory and origin. Karen’s body
remembers details her mind has tried to control. As the young woman
mines her interior landscape for answers, certain questions persist.
Where does memory live—in the body or the mind? And can you rewrite the
story of your past? Download and start listening now!