Seeking Rapture by Kathryn Harrison
Scenes from a Woman's Life

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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

In this exquisite book of personal reflections on a woman’s life as a child, wife, and mother, Kathryn Harrison, “a writer of extraordinary gifts” (Tobias Wolff), recalls episodes in her life, exploring how the experiences of childhood recur in memory, to be transformed and sometimes healed through the lives we lead as adults. At the heart of Seeking Rapture is the notion that a woman’s journey is a continuous process of transformation, an ongoing transcendence and re-creation of self.


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About Kathryn Harrison

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Kathryn Harrison has written the novels Thicker Than Water, Exposure, Poison, The Binding Chair, The Seal Wife, and Envy. Her autobiographical work includes The Kiss, Seeking Rapture, The Road to Santiago, and The Mother Knot. She has also written a biography, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and, most recently, a book of true crime, While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their three children.
 
Published July 6, 2011 by Random House. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Now a parent herself, Harrison writes from a safe distance of her mother and grandmother, the two women she loved, and of her own childhood.

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Seeking Rapture by Kathryn Harrison Fourth Estate £15.99, pp224 Like a siren leading readers on to perilous rocks once more, American writer Kathryn Harrison is back with another apparently straightforward invitation to step into her world.

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The Guardian

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Seeking Rapture: A Memoir by Kathryn Harrison 224pp, Fourth Estate, £15.99 Anything Kathryn Harrison now writes has to make its way round her first memoir, The Kiss.

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People

Novelist Kathryn Harrison's previous memoir, The Kiss, was a mesmerizing account of her sexual affair at age 20 with her father, whom she had seen only twice growing up.

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Curtis Brown

When Kathryn Harrison was a little girl, her young mother left her in the care of her British grandmother who was raised in Shanghai.

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