New York Times Bestselling Author
Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels ENVY, THE SEAL WIFE, THE BINDING CHAIR, POISON, EXPOSURE, THICKER THAN WATER and ENCHANTMENTS. She has also written memoirs, THE KISS and THE MOTHER KNOT, a travel memoir, THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO, a biography, SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX, and a collection of personal essays, SEEKING RAPTURE. Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in THE NEW YORKER, HARPER’S MAGAZINE, VOGUE, O MAGAZINE, SALON, and other publications. Her latest book is JOAN OF ARC: A LIFE TRANSFIGURED. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their children. She is currently working on a novel.
In essays written over the course of more than a decade, Kathryn Harrison has created a beautifully detailed and rigorously honest family album. With tenderness and wisdom, compassion and humor, Harrison writes about the things we don’t always discuss, casting light on what lurks beneath the surface of everyday life, sifting through the artifacts of memory to find what haunts and endures.
“There is difficulty in these pages, along with playfulness, wonder, and deep wisdom about how we love, how we harm, and how intertwined these forms of intimacy might be.”—Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams
“With its sharp, haunting portraits, this gorgeous and unsettling book is like the most honest family album ever. Her reminiscences are vivid and unforgettable.”—Katie Roiphe, author of In Praise of Messy Lives and The Morning After