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Mentor A Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Tom Grimes
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0982504896
ISBN-13: 9780982504895
Sku: 213822070
Publish Date: 7/1/2010
Pages:  242
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A chance encounter by two writers, one young, one older, develops into a wonderful friendship neither expected. Frank Conroy, the author of the classic memoir "Stop-Time," meets Tom Grimes, an aspiring writer and an applicant to the Iowa Writers'' Workshop, which Conroy directs. First as teacher and student - and gradually as friends--their lives become entwined, and through both successes and disappointments, their bond deepens. Exquisitely written, "Mentor" is an honest and heartbreaking exploration of the writing life and the role of a very important teacher.
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A chance encounter between two writers, one young, one older, develops into a wonderful friendship neither expected.
Most writers would be envious of Tom Grimes's impressive career--graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, author of five critically acclaimed novels, and director of the creative writing program at Texas State University. But in this penetrating and profound memoir, Grimes admits that he failed to live up to his own expectations or those of his friend and mentor, Frank Conroy (STOP-TIME), who "discovered" Grimes and tried to mold him into a literary star. Grimes was waiting tables in Florida when Conroy, the head of the prestigious writers program at the University of Iowa, offered him a fellowship on the strength of an unfinished manuscript , which would eventually become his novel SEASON'S END. On campus, Grimes gained access (usually over cocktails) to Conroy's unique insights about writing, but Conroy's advice proved to be more valuable than some of his more active attempts at assistance, such as when he rushed his protégé into signing a below-average contract to get his first book published. The teacher-student relationship between the two writers eventually equaled out into a lasting friendship which Grimes memorably recounts with a level of clarity and depth which would have made Conroy very proud.


"Employing a constant tension of ambivalence--shame and tenderness, pride and humility--Grimes proves in this stunningly forthright, forlorn memoir that his great subject is [Frank] Conroy himself." (starred review) 05/17/2010

"Without wasting a word, Grimes presents a thoroughly readable view of how stories--and writers, at least of a certain kind--are made." (starred review) 06/01/2010

"This is a book about striding up to the brink of success, only to have success disembowel you with a dull steak knife, bow, then skip away, cackling." - Dwight Garner 08/04/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Tin House Books
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