A stunning new way to celebrate the small moments that make up a life.
In flashes of vivid prose — sometimes in pieces only one page long — Abigail Thomas breaks up the notion of what is "memoir" to tell us some true stories from her life: about love and upheaval, mistakes and loyalties, adventures and domesticities; marriage and motherhood at a very young age; a second husband who becomes both an ex and a dear friend in need; a smart-mouthed sister who helps her get through hard times; the many shades of feminine power and female rage; the changing face of desire.
Safekeeping is a book in which white space speaks as eloquently as what is revealed. Openhearted and effortlessly funny, these brilliantly selected glimpses of the arc of a life are, in the age of too much confession, a welcome breath of fresh air.
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"Thomas permits us a glimpse of her truth [in] jewel-like shards [that] show forth the woman: a glorious cook and a ghastly housekeeper; full of fears but somehow finding love along and the way. The spaces between the words let reality find room, and the snatches of songs she quotes--'Take a sad song and make it better'--ring out from the page. Precisely lyrical, silver-gilt, fevered, and in the end, sweet."
"Safekeeping sparkles like bits of a smashed mirror, the chapters tiny diamonds one or two lines long or largish shards of a few pages -- light, dark, razor sharp. Each is a moment reflected, and reflected upon. Peer into enough diamonds and shards and you see the story, you glimpse the soul."
"Safekeeping is written in a completely unexpected form -- it is comprised of small, astonishing moments which have been strung together in a wholly fresh and gorgeous way. Many of these moments are handles in the brevity of a paragraph, consistently humble and beautiful; a palm which has been opened for us. . . What's so amazing about this book is its refusal to contain life within a neat, linear framework . . . Thomas has given an honest shape to the fluidity of memory . . . I gobbled this book down, all in one sitting. And then in did it again, wishing there were more of it."
"Short story fragments that cohere throughout a collection, either through the characters, the voice of the narrator, or even place, are among my favorite branches on fiction's family tree. The writer has to be very confident, restrained and well-versed in the subconscious aquifer that helps vastly different readers understand and enjoy stories that do not offer a lot of helpful detail. Safekeeping is a sapphire of a collection--pointy, gleaming, in the end, blue....You know a form is right when, in the end, you can't imagine a story told any other way. Abigail Thomas walks the edge of the form's boundaries; her stories are haunted."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Sorrow mixes with joy in this beautifully crafted memoir....In a series of poignant vignettes, each complete within itself, Thomas succeeds in conveying an engrossing life story...A fine writer who spells out the bare facts of her life with dispatch."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Abigail Thomas has created magic for smart, curious readers. Her prose is poetic, charged with hope and promise. I admire every word she writes: her work makes me happy."
-- Kaye Gibbons
"Abigail Thomas exhibits a large-hearted, wry engagement with the nonlinear lives that proceed in the city, and renders them with a poet's precision. There is an eloquent simplicity in these pieces that underscores Thomas's large themes, among them the way intimacy can endure, and desire become an 'all-purpose longing which does not need to be satisfied, but rather renewed each day.' The accretion of these charged particles offers persuasive evidence that whatever a life presents, 'you can make something out of it.'"
"Abigail Thomas wears her wisdom so lightly, so jauntily, that you barely notice a vision creeping up on you. Her memoir explores how women build selves out of scraps and shards--not just from love and happiness but from sorrow and failure too. Thomas has made a life for herself like a cook whipping up dinner from what's in the refrigerator. The result is a giddily satisfying feast."
-- Lisa Zeidner, author of Layover
"Razor-sharp pieces of radiant truth...not so much memoir as a stained glass window made up of scenes garnered from a life. This is an unforgettable portrait of a grown-up woman who has learned how to rejoice in being herself. Reading it, we feel the crazy beauty of life."
-- Anne Lamott
"This beguiling memoir reads like a novel, with characters one cares about and an engrossing and moving story."
-- Hilma Wolitzer, author of Wish You Were Here
A beautifully crafted and inviting account of one woman's life, Safekeeping offers a sublimely different kind of autobiography. Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and tiny incidents that have shaped her: pregnancy at 18, single motherhood of three by the age of 26, the joys and frustrations of her marriages, and the death of her second husband. With startling clarity and unwavering composure, Thomas tells stories made of mistakes and loyalties, adventures and domesticities, of experiences both deeply personal and universal.
This is a book in which silence speaks as eloquently as what is revealed. Openhearted and effortlessly funny, these brilliantly selected glimpses of the arc of life are, in an age of too much confession, a welcome tonic.
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Descripción Knopf, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M037540807X
Descripción Knopf, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P11037540807X
Descripción Knopf, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB037540807X