Dr. Nancy McCabe, professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, recently finished a new memoir entitled “Can this Marriage be Saved?,” due out this September from the University of Missouri Press.
In a press release, the memoir is described as a “warm, deeply personal and often humorous” memoir where “McCabe re-examines and gains new understanding of her early life and her ill-advised marriage.”
Borrowing from a variety of works, such as how-to essays, bible study notes, a curriculum guide, before-and-after weight loss ads and women’s magazine columns, McCabe examines the many influences that led to her youthful marriage — and out of it — into finally taking control of her life.
Thus far, the memoir has received numerous positive reviews, including the following from Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of “The Bright Forever” Lee Martin: “This is a book for anyone who has traveled, or is traveling, the long road to self-acceptance. I’ve read and admired Nancy McCabe’s work for years, but she’s truly at the top of her game in this brave new memoir.”
Additionally, Beth Ann Fennelly, author of “Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs,” described the book as “an engaging, spirited, and thoughtful work.”
McCabe has previously published four memoirs, including “After the Flashlight Man: A Memoir of Awakening” (2003), “Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption” (2003), “Crossing the Blue Willow Bridge: A Journey to My Daughter’s Birthplace in China” (2011) and “From Little Houses to Little Women: Revisiting a Literary Childhood,” in addition to the novel “Following Disasters” (2016).