The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison
A Memoir

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In this extraordinary memoir, one of the best young writers in America today transforms into a work of art the darkest passage imaginable in a young woman's life: an obsessive love affair between father and daughter that began when Kathryn Harrison, twenty years old, was reunited with a parent whose absence had haunted her youth.

Exquisitely and hypnotically written, like a bold and terrifying dream, The Kiss is breathtaking in its honesty and in the power and beauty of its creation.  A story both of taboo and of family complicity in breaking taboo, The Kiss is also about love -- about the most primal of love triangles, the one that ensnares a child between mother and father.


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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 May 4, 2011 by Random House. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Erotica, Horror. Non-fiction

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Only after her mother died was Harrison able to end the relationship, realizing that it had been about her mother all along.

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Harrison here turns an unflinching eye on the episode in her life that has most influenced those books: a secret, sexual affair with her father that began when she was 20.

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I had almost forgotten about Kathryn Harrison and her book, or infamous book, The Kiss, until I came across it during some research for a recent project—The Kiss, the book about Harrison's incestuous relationship with her father, a book for which, surprisingly or not, Harrison took much flack and...

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If you haven't been watching the talk shows, listening to the radio, reading the reviews, or reading the fiery condemnations in the editorial pages, you don't know that the kiss for which Kathryn Harrison's book is named is one shared by the author and her father.

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Open Book Society

Leatra finds a merman named Delmarius who agrees to give her a kiss but Leatra soon finds out there are far more consequences behind the kiss she has long wanted.

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CNN.com

(CNN) -- When Kathryn Harrison released her fourth book, "The Kiss", a predictable furor erupted.

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