The Gift by Barbara Browning
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Despite the darkness that complicates Sami and Barbara's entanglement, "The Gift" is infused with humor and tremendous emotion. As Andersen falls deeper into a world of shared intimacies, she bravely explores the extent to which we can be honest with ourselves and others.
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Praise for Barbara Browning:

“A provocative novel . . . that blurs the boundaries between life and performance, dance, art, and viral video.”—Slate

“Deftly blending highbrow intellectual concerns with the informality of Facebook-era communiqués, Browning’s newest is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

In the midst of Occupy, Barbara Andersen begins spamming people indiscriminately with ukulele covers of sentimental songs. A series of inappropriate intimacies ensues, including an erotically charged correspondence and then collaboration with an extraordinarily gifted and troubled musician living in Germany.

Barbara Browning teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She is the author of the novels The Correspondence Artist (winner of a Lambda Literary Award) and I’m Trying to Reach You (short-listed for The Believer Book Award). She also makes dances, poems, and ukulele cover tunes.

 

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Barbara Browning is the author of the novel The Correspondence Artist. She teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She's also a poet and dancer, and lives with her son in Greenwich Village.
 
Published April 17, 2017 by Coffee House Press. 250 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by LAUREN LEBLANC on May 12 2017

Despite the darkness that complicates Sami and Barbara's entanglement, "The Gift" is infused with humor and tremendous emotion. As Andersen falls deeper into a world of shared intimacies, she bravely explores the extent to which we can be honest with ourselves and others.

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Reviewed by Jenny Hendrix on May 26 2017

Sometimes, there is no one there to meet the extended hand. Still, as “The Gift” shows, it’s possible for the reaching itself to act as a down payment on a new economy of pleasure.

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