Hourglass by Dani Shapiro
Time, Memory, Marriage

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That's a beautiful line of poetry and also not bad advice from Shapiro about how to pace oneself in a relationship that's hoping to go the distance.
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The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.

Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.
     What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers.


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About Dani Shapiro

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Dani Shapiro is the author of four acclaimed novels, Family History, Playing with Fire, Fugitive Blue, and Picturing the Wreck, and the best-selling memoir Slow Motion. She teaches in the graduate writing program at The New School, and has written for TheNew York Times, Granta, Elle, and Ploughshares, among other magazines. She lives with her husband and son in Litchfield County, Connecticut.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by Knopf. 161 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Feb 02 2017

The noted novelist and memoirist reflects on her marriage and the elusive nature of time...A sharply observed and frequently moving memoir of a marriage.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Laura Schultz on Apr 23 2017

If there is one drawback to Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage it is that it is too short. At 145 pages, a reader may be left with a feeling of longing for much, much more. Nevertheless, If Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage is indicative of the style and substance in the totality of work Shapiro has composed, she truly is a writer’s writer.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Apr 24 2017

That's a beautiful line of poetry and also not bad advice from Shapiro about how to pace oneself in a relationship that's hoping to go the distance.

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