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The Girl Factory - A Memoir

Karen Dietrich

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. This 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?

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. This 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?
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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. This 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?

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

8h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

31:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:40


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

13:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

42:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

43:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:39