(Austin, TX. March 22, 2013)—The Story Circle Network (SCN) is pleased to announce that Monica Wood has been granted the Sarton Women’s Memoir Award for her book When We Were the Kennedys (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). The book tells the story of Wood’s mill town childhood in Mexico, Maine, and her Catholic family’s struggles after the sudden death of her father in 1963. Her family’s overwhelming grief is tenderly, artfully woven into the whole nation’s grief for the death of President Kennedy, and with the healing that comes with the acceptance of loss. One of our judges wrote, “I absolutely loved this book, and loved every single moment of reading it. It was the best book I’ve read in years, and I read a lot of books!” And we agree.
The Women’s Memoir Award is named for May Sarton, distinguished American memoirist, poet, and novelist and is offered annually by the Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit association of women life-writers. For information about the 2013 award cycle, visit SCN’s website at storycircle.org/SartonMemoirAward.
SCN also sponsors the largest and longest-lived women’s book review site on the Internet; a program of online writing classes taught by and for women; an editorial service; and the bi-annual conference, “Stories From the Heart.” Membership in SCN is open to any woman who is interested in writing about her life experiences. For details: www.storycircle.org.