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July 16 @ 7:00 pm

The public is warmly invited to celebrate the publication of Maureen Stanton’s
memoir, Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood, at 7 pm on
Tuesday, July 16 – the day that Stanton’s book goes on sale. A professor of
creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Stanton’s nonfiction has
been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, and she’s received
numerous literary prizes and awards, including the Pushcart Prize.
In Body Leaping Backward, Stanton recounts her risk-taking girlhood growing
up in working-class Walpole, Massachusetts. As the 1970s brought upheaval to
America, Stanton’s once-solid family lost its way. Her parents separated and her
now-single mother descended into shoplifting, then grand larceny – anything to
keep a toehold in the middle class for her children. Stanton, too, slipped into
delinquency (vandalism, breaking and entering), all while nearly erasing herself
through addiction to angel dust.
Stanton finally pulled herself off this self-destructive path by summoning the
courage to ask for help. She spent $20 a week from her new job pumping gas to
seek counseling instead of buying drugs. She found a way to tolerate the structure
of school her senior year and somehow remembered how to be smart, how to
choose friends who don’t steal drugs, and how to speak up.
When asked why she decided to tell her story now, Stanton says that she’s
“always wanted to give voice to that troubled teenage girl. . . .My instincts to rebel.
. .collided with a loss of self-confidence after my parents split up. I kept returning
to this experience because I wanted to figure out why I made so many terrible
choices, but I was also ashamed because of the trouble I caused and people I hurt.
So for years I’d write parts of the story, then put it aside. Probably not
coincidentally, after my father died in 2014, I began in earnest to write the book.”

Advance praise for Body Leaping Backward has been widespread:
~ "The miracle isn't how Maureen Stanton survived her harrowing
adolescence, but how she can write about it with such beauty and clarity. I read
this in one heart-in-my-throat sitting." — Monica Wood, author of When We Were
the Kennedys and The One-in-a- Million Boy
~ "Written with sensual, poetic, and evocative prose, this remarkable
memoir is an honest exploration of what it means to come of age in the quiet
wreckage of a broken home. . . . A deeply moving, timely, and important memoir."
–Andre Dubus III, author of Townie and Gone So Long
~ “Powerful and probing, Stanton's book offers a sharp portrait of a wayward
girl ‘leaping backward’ into disaster. Along the way, she reveals the way individuals
are as much a product of time and place as they are of the families to which they
belong. – Kirkus Reviews
Seating at the bookshop is limited and reservations for this free event are
encouraged. Please call (207-338-9009) or email (leftbank@myfairpoint.net) to
reserve seats or to pre-order copies of Body Leaping Backward. Left Bank Books is
located at 109 Church Street in downtown Belfast, across the street from the police
station. Ample parking is available in front of the shop and in an adjacent public lot.


July 16
7:00 pm
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Left Bank Books
(207) 338-9009


Left Bank Books
109 Church Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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