Mary Ann Hogan
A Writer’s Memoir of Coming Home
In this visually rich, multigenerational literary memoir, Mary Ann Hogan reflects on a life of letters and her relationship to her late father, former book critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, and the mysteries surrounding her prominent California forebears.
Circle Way is a bittersweet memoir of a father, daughter, and an extraordinary California family. Written in an evocative, expressionistic style, this work of creative nonfiction flutters somewhere between journalism and poetry. At the heart of the story, journalist Mary Ann Hogan reflects on her life of letters, a calling she shared with her father, Bill, a notable book critic whom John Steinbeck dubbed “an old and valued friend.” As Mary Ann sifts through Bill’s notebooks and drawings after his death, she discovers a man whose unrealized dreams echo some of her own.