Everything Patti Smith writes transports me to a place no other writer seems to access. This memoir of the year 2016 seems particularly poignet today when so many of us are still struggling with how that year ended. Weaving reality with dreams we are allowed into her most private moments and her deep sense of melancholy. Somehow, it also filled me with hope.
“A juicy melodrama cast against the sultry, stylish imagery of North Africa in the fifties.” —The New Yorker
The bestselling novel from the award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele.
A collection of confessional, hilarious, heartbreaking notes written anonymously on a public typewriter for fans of PostSecret and Other People's Love Letters.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST
NBCC JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FINALIST
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES'S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017
ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST’S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017
ONE OF NPR’S ‘GREAT READS’ OF 2017
A USA TODAY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
The best novel of 2013! Told throughout a decade in war-torn Chechnya it follows 3 main characters--an incompetent doctor with the soul of an artist, a surgeon hardened by the reality of war and an 8-year old girl forced to endure too much. A BRILLIANT first novel!
This book reminded me of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. It's a beautiful first novel.
My favorite debut novel in years!
A great choice for fans of Gone Girl. I read it in 1 sitting.