We first met over breakfast, and afterwards I went up to my room to get ready for the day and I Googled her as I had really bad Internet connection in my studio. Up popped her essay "Doors Opening" about spending a summer teaching her 21-year-old autistic son how to navigate the Washington, D.C., metro system, published in the Washington Post. It was so captivating that I read that essay right then and there, sitting on my bed, the laptop propped up on my thighs. "Doors Opening" formed the nucleus for her subsequent memoir, Next Stop, and it is indicative of how the whole book is written: swiftly, deftly, the reader gets pulled into the story of this family and this boy, a story that is poignant, heartbreaking, and often viciously funny.
In March, Glen was gracious enough to do a Q&A with my memoir students at StoryStudio Chicago, and out of that conversation grew my interview with her, published in the Washington Independent Review of Books. One point that Glen makes that I particularly liked was on why it is so important that we tell our stories:
Read the rest of my interview with Glen Finland here.