Carla Malden grew up in a Hollywood house, the daughter of actor Karl Malden (with whom she worked on his memoir, When Do I Start) and after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA also worked in the entertainment industry, writing 12 plus screenplays with her now-deceased husband, Laurence Starkman. Now, Malden writes and lives without a partner – she details how in her just published memoir,
“AfterImage: A Brokenhearted Memoir of a Charmed Life”
â€œWhen you lose someone, well-meaning people give you books full of supposedly uplifting platitudesâ€”â€˜time heals all wounds,’ â€˜there is a purpose to this,’ â€˜you will find closure’â€”but I found them useless,â€ Carla Malden recalls. â€œSo I decided to write an honest, in-the-trenches account of my own experience. Basically, I wrote AFTERIMAGE to save my own life.â€ And in so doing, Malden has offered a compelling alert for the forever-young generation: this is not your mother’s widowhood.
â€œIt’s younger, hipper, and more real than most books on coping with the grave illness and death of a spouse, so it strikes a chord with baby boomer widows,â€ she explains. â€œBut I have discovered that it also resonates with a wider audience; everyone experiences loss. Everyone experiences love and, in the end this is a love story.â€
AfterImage: A Brokenhearted Memoir of a Charmed Life
is published by Globe Pequot Press and available online and at booksellers everywhere,