I had a delightful visit to St. Louis, meeting with students from University of Missouri—St. Louis and giving a reading, and I was interviewed for the school newspaper! (I also ate a Gooey Louie Butter Cake-filled cannoli from an Italian bakery, but that’s another story.)
Here’s the wonderful interview that Leah Jones conducted with me:
In addition to struggling with the difficult emotional content, Pietrzyk said that she also found herself questioning whether or not her grief was enough in comparison to other people’s trauma and grief. In the end though, Pietrzyk said though it may be selfish to write about one’s own grief, that’s fine. “Grief is universal…and yet it’s utterly individual,” Pietrzyk said. Pietrzyk avoids sentimentality in her stories through self-reflexive humor though.
Read the rest: