A Story That Happens: On Playwriting, Childhood, and Other Traumas

Anna Jordan

Book cover. Drawing on O’Brien’s experience of cancer and of childhood abuse, and on his ongoing collaboration with a war reporter, the four essays in "A Story that Happens" offer insights into what stories are for and the reasons why we tell them. The cover design is a photograph of a sheet of paper with one single cut slicing through the title, which creates a visual gesture toward trauma. The resulting image is a meditation on how that trauma affects the stories we tell.

Dalkey Archive Press
Art Director
Chad Post
Anne Jordan