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"If you're enthralled by your story you'll be driven to write it. If you're not enthralled by your story, why should a reader care?" ~Jo Beverly
by Piper Selden
She had the oddest sense of being herself invisible; unseen; unknown. ~ Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
The page is a place where writers can go, a place to explore, to leave our mark, to be visible. In Selden's case, writing was an important tool to document her father's last days--a way to make meaning of a family betrayal and painful divorce, one which led to 37 years as an Invisible Daughter.
In late September, 2014, the author and her sisters made their way Santa Barbara, California. Their father had terminal cancer and his days were coming to an end. Staying in their father's home, Selden was surprised to find not a single photo of her or her two sisters, his biological children, and none of his grandchildren. It was as if they didn't exist, and meeting their father's friends confirmed the suspicion. "Wait, who are you?" they would ask. "I didn't know your father had other daughters." Invisible Daughters: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Visibility is a memoir. It is a story of forgiveness and redemption, of moving from the shadows and stepping boldly into the light.
READ a related essay here: "The Ghost of You."
Published on The Manifest Station (Mar, 2015)
"Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, 'Grow, grow.' " ~The Talmud
A Cup of Comfort Anthologies
A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers
"Waiting" by Piper Selden
Stories to inspire and make the heart sing. Selden shares her own experience of expectant motherhood in the story "Waiting."
(Adams Media, 2006)
A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism
"Snake Dreams" by Piper Selden
Stories in this collection help provide comfort to parents whose children suffer from this mysterious set of brain development disorders. Piper's story "Snake Dreams" is written for and about her autistic son.
(Adams Media, 2007)