Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology
Stories accompany us through life from birth to death. But they do not merely entertain, inform, or distress us—they show us what counts as right or wrong and teach us who we are and who we can imagine being. Stories connect people, but they can also disconnect, creating boundaries between people and justifying violence. In Letting Stories Breathe, Arthur W. Frank grapples with this fundamental aspect of our lives, offering both a theory of how stories shape us and a useful method for analyzing them. Along the way he also tells stories: from folktales to research interviews to remembrances.
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This is a profoundly interesting and useful book. While writing my thesis I returned to it many times as if to draw strength from a deep well. Beautifully written, it carries the reader through theory to practice with an apparent effortlessness that belies the sound scholarship underlying this qualitative approach.