Joshua Mohr—Writing the Authentic Memoir Without Alienating Everyone in Your Life

How can a writer tell the truth without laying waste to the privacy of others? And is it possible to recount the events of your life methodically while simultaneously imbuing your story with a novel-like arc? Since fudging is permissible, when should a writer conflate or even fictionalize experiences? And when is brutal honesty called for? Author Joshua Mohr left the fields of fiction (Damascus) to explore his own harrowing past in the 2016 memoir Sirens, which drew comparisons to the work of Mary Karr and Jerry Stahl. Writes author Ron Currie: “There is no line Mohr won't cross, either in his erstwhile quest for self-immolation, or his fearless honesty in reporting back from that time.” 

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