My Katherine Mansfield Project by Kirsty Gunn

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Its unique form makes this readable book particularly resonant. Neither about Mansfield nor Gunn nor their writing nor their lives, what can only be called the hovering form of the book becomes its uniqueness. The form is complex and wonderful.
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In 2009, Kirsty Gunn returned to spend the winter in her hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, also the place where Katherine Mansfield grew up. In this exquisitely written “notebook,” which blends memoir, biography, and essay, Gunn records that winter-long experience and the unparalleled insight it allowed her into Mansfield’s fiction. Gunn explores the idea of home and belonging—and of the profound influence of Mansfield’s work on her own creative journey. She asks whether it is even possible to “come home”—and who are we when we get there?
 

About Kirsty Gunn

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Kirsty Gunn is the author of three novels, Rain, The Keepsake, Feathersone, and a collection of short stories, This place you return to is home. In 2004, she was awarded the Scottish Arts Council Bursary for Literature. She is also married and the mother of two young daughters. She lives in London and Edinburgh.
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Notting Hill Editions. 148 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Linda E. Chown on Nov 15 2016

Its unique form makes this readable book particularly resonant. Neither about Mansfield nor Gunn nor their writing nor their lives, what can only be called the hovering form of the book becomes its uniqueness. The form is complex and wonderful.

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