As a child, Joanna Manning briefly believed that God was trying to kill her by poisoning her saliva, and her anxieties only escalated from there. In a mix of formal essays and slice-of-life vignettes, Now I Understand You delves into the anxieties underlying everyday life, including the universal fear that we may never truly be understood. With tenderness and humor, Manning examines the ups and downs and absurdities of her own life and shows that, through it all, laughter has been some of the best medicine-second only, perhaps, to CBD.
JOANNA MANNING is a graduate of Syracuse University and the Rainier Writing Workshop. A Pennsylvania native, she now calls the Pacific Northwest home. Now I Understand You is her first full-length collection. For more information, visit www.jlmanning.com.
“Joanna Manning is both a brilliant writer and one who can show us readers that our lives are powerfully worth telling and learning about. Smart, funny, profound, and memorable, this book had me weepy, laughing, and shaking my head. Now I Understand You has made me appreciate my life more deeply than I ever have before.” —David Huddle, author of Only the Little Bone and The Faulkes Chronicle