by Emily Dietrich

Why I Wrote Holding True–Reason 1

1. GenerationZero 

All we had to do was take the prize. They’d marched, chanted, been jailed and taunted. Their civil disobedience earned us the right to new social freedoms. Those baby boomers, in short, rocked it.

The door was wide open for racial and gender equality. We just had to walk through the door.

One at a time, or maybe two or three at a time, not a crush of passionate people, just bewildered and bumbling kids, feeling mostly alone, completely clueless–we have been the first ones to walk through that door.

The wide-open social landscape offered huge opportunities side by side with huge pitfalls.

Because in some ways we don’t know each other very well, people of different races and of genders. We don’t know how to live together. We don’t know how to split the bill, or eat dinner together, or raise kids together, worship together.

Bringing social equality to bear in daily life is quiet, but arduous work, and I’ve felt lost at sea and alone, even in my own home, trying to keep my sphere of influence, however small it might be, clear of racism and sexism.

So I wanted to dig into it, this job for GenZero, or whatever we are, this going out to walk the walk the baby boomers paved for us. I wanted to honor it, explore it, wonder about it. And that’s one reason I wrote Holding True.

Author: Emily

Emily Dietrich is a poet, novelist, and mystery writer.


  1. Bravo Em!

  2. Good job, Emily! Your mother would be very proud of you–Phil as well. We will need to have a book signing soirée this summer at Port. Sheldon. Much love, Sheppy

  3. Well said! Thank you for caring, Emily!

  4. You are a wonderfully talented and beautiful wordsmith :)

  5. Proud to know you, Emily. Can’t wait to read Holding True. Sounds like this sphere of social influence is an area of interest we share — learning to live, eat, split the bill, etc. together. Yes, a ook signing soirée this summer when I’m home is a must.

    I’m so happy for you!

  6. Emily, I’m so glad that you’ve written this blog. I don’t believe I’ve seen much from those of our generation who came right on the cusp of one of the biggest cultural shifts in our nation’s history. Even though I (we) were very young at the time, I recall the sense of uncertainty and apprehension, mostly because of conversations my parents had with older siblings in high school at the time. Again, I am thrilled that you are giving a voice to those our age about a change that really impacted how we developed individuals.