I Never Expected This Good Life presents an unusual format for a memoir. The author’s life is told through accessible poetry and dramatic stories, and the interweaving is additive and seamless. Divided into seven sections — family (parents and siblings), marriage, children, body, faith, the outside world, and work — the writing focuses on intimacy, loss, the biology of kinship, trust, and how we choose to remember and tell our personal stories. Above all, I Never Expected This Good Life is about love: its sorrows, complexities, incomparable joys, and the surprise one feels when love eventually shows up and is mutually sustained.
This memoir was published in December 2011 by Capra Press, an independent press with a tradition of publishing quality works by established and emerging authors including Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Anais Nin, Ray Bradbury, Ursula Le Guin, Charles Bukowski, Gretel Ehrlich, and Raymond Carver. This book is the re-launch title of Capra Press, established in 1969 by Noel Young and owned once again by the family. Futernick’s book is in its second printing.