Recovery, Survival, & Forgiveness: On Aimee Ross’ ‘Permanent Marker’

Melissa Grunow
Aug 5, 2018 · 3 min read

Ross’ recovery memoir has moments of surprise wit, compassion, and forgiveness, even for those who may not seem to deserve it.

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“I wanted that happily ever after; I really did. But I didn’t feel it anymore. And I couldn’t keep my promises any longer. I hurt someone I cared about. He threw his wedding ring at the wall. The cruel metallic clink still haunted me.”

“Time: The only thing that could heal a broken heart, the only thing that could heal a broken body. Also the only thing that could heal a broken appearance.

I had plenty of it.”

“When the writer has given the traumatic experience a structure and meaning, not only are the emotions drawn from the experiences more manageable, but the story most likely then has a resolution, or ending, which eases the trauma.

The process worked for me.”

MELISSA GRUNOW is the author of Realizing River City (Tumbleweed Books, 2016) and I Don’t Belong Here, forthcoming from New Meridian Arts Press in fall 2018. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Nervous Breakdown, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, and elsewhere. Find her at her website.

The Coil

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Melissa Grunow

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Author of REALIZING RIVER CITY: A MEMOIR (2016) and I DON’T BELONG HERE: ESSAYS (2018), book reviewer, word nerd. www.melissagrunow.com #amwriting

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.