Imagine your childhood becomes a sitcom. As the daughter of Roseanne Barr, Jenny Pentland knows a lot about this and documents her story in her riveting memoir, This Will Be Funny Later.
This coming-of-age memoir isn’t about Roseanne though.
Jenny shares her journey through her teen years from fat camps to wilderness boot camps to her stay in mental health facilities that brought to light the for-profit model of the troubled teen industry.
Book Gang Podcast Episode 34: This Will Be Funny Later (Interview With Jenny Pentland)
In today’s podcast, we discuss Pentland’s early family life in working-class Denver and the life that they could have never imagined unfolded. We then follow her story as Roseanne finds success as a comedian and the family leaves behind the Rockies to head to Los Angeles.
What would it be like to watch the show of your own life? What if the number one question you got asked is “Are you Becky or Darlene?”
We discuss the disturbing freedom that publications like the National Enquirer had to pursue and exploit their family for profit and what it would be like to be a child swept up in the frenzy of tabloid fodder.
We also discuss the necessary work of memoir writing and how to learn to write your story objectively when it is so deeply personal.
Jenny’s encouraging words are the ones you need to hear if you want to write a memoir. Her life story filled with obstacles reminds us that we all have a story to share and we shouldn’t let life’s daily obstacles stop us from sharing it.
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