A Few Crumbs of Manna

The Craftsbury Public Librarian invited me to host a book discussion for my book — full disclosure, I’ve known Susan since before I was a mother.

Because there’s a pandemic, we sat outside in the library’s tent. Because it’s Vermont and October, it was raining, but that not chilly. And October brings out the handknit-hat crowd.

For months, I’ve been worried about Unstitched joining the public ranks from my own teeny tiny little world. Unstitched is about opioid addiction and addiction writ large, but it’s also about my story, too. Besides sharing the stories of others, I share mine, too. As my youngest daughter would say, Did you have to take out the whole skeleton? Maybe just a bone or two would have done.

I took out (most of) the skeleton.

But yesterday’s afternoon made me realize, yes, this is why I wrote this book. To have it gnawed over by those I know and complete strangers. Chewed over. Shared. At the very end, a woman who hadn’t read the book asked if I had a copy to sell. I didn’t. But a woman across the tent jumped up and offered her copy. Seeing my book go hand in hand — that, my friends, is manna for the writer’s soul.

Be well, all.

Craftsbury, Vermont

By Brett Ann Stanciu

Brett Ann Stanciu lives with her two daughters in Hardwick, Vermont. Her creative nonfiction book, Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal, will be published by Steerforth Press in September 2021. Her novel about rural life in Vermont, Hidden View, was published in 2015.

8 comments

  1. YAY,I thought, I’ll buy that! Then I remembered the news three days ago: “The United States Postal Service (USPS) has suspended mail deliveries to New Zealand due to an unavailability of transportation. “Then I discovered it’s on Kindle so, Yay! again, even though I vastly prefer the full sensory experience of a real book. And then, Oh no! My kindle battery is flat! Oh the highs and lows the prospect of a new book can bring….

      1. It has arrived in my kindle – but I’ll wait until it’s fully charged. Besides, the chooks (chickens) and ducks are calling out for food so I guess I better go start the morning round.

  2. Bought mine today – found in memoir at B&N in Stamford CT – didn’t even have to order it! After loving your blog posts for years I look forward to complete immersion in your writing and this tough, but important story. xxx

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