The Art of Intimacy by Stacey D'Erasmo
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Suggestive rather than definitive, which is only to be expected with such an expansive topic.
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The first work of nonfiction by Stacey D'Erasmo, author of the New York Times Notable Books Tea and The Sky Below

"What is the nature of intimacy, of what happens in the space between us? And how do we, as writers, catch or reflect it on the page?" Stacey D'Erasmo's insightful and illuminating study examines the craft and the contradictions of creating relationships not only between two lovers but also between friends, family members, acquaintances, and enemies in fiction. She argues for a more honest, more complex portrait of the true nature of the connections and missed connections among characters and, fascinatingly, between the writer and the reader. D'Erasmo takes us deep into the structure and grammar of these intimacies as they have been portrayed by such writers as Joan Didion, Toni Morrison, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and William Maxwell, and also by visual artists and filmmakers. She asks whether writing about intimacy is like staring straight into the sun, but it is her own brilliance that dazzles in the piercing and original book, The Art of Intimacy.

 

About Stacey D'Erasmo

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Stacey D'Erasmo was an accomplished literary reviewer before making the crossover to novelist. She was Senior Editor at The Voice Literary Supplement for seven years and has written articles for Rolling Stone, The Nation, Details and New York Newsday. She won a Stegner Fellowship in Fiction based on the first forty pages of TEA and went on to become the first Fiction Editor for Artforum. She is currently a contributing writer for Out. She lives in New York.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Graywolf Press. 144 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on May 06 2013

D’Erasmo provides a lucid and provocative examination of the ill-defined concept of intimacy.

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Suggestive rather than definitive, which is only to be expected with such an expansive topic.

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