Joyce Carol Oates decided to revisit her childhood in her
novel Paysage Perdu. In an interview for Paris Match
she comments on how in her generation and that of her
parents we were all so much more discreet. Now everyone
wants to tell their story. To recount the most intimate and
banal details of their lives. Secrets that were not considered
topics for discussion in hers and my generation are now all
up there on face book pages in the current culture of promoting
I, like her know little about the life of my grandmother, her parents
even my own mother and fathers lives let alone their secrets.
To make a story interesting or worth recounting it may be better
to explore the things unsaid.