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Dani Shapiro discusses her new memoir, HOURGLASS, with Kate Christensen

Submitted by JoshC on Sun, 04/09/2017 - 1:50pm

Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 PM

Dani Shapiro discusses her new memoir, HOURGLASS: TIME, MEMORY, MARRIAGE with Kate Christensen, author of BLUE PLATE SPECIAL

HOURGLASS is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Print: A Bookstore
273 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780451494481
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 11th, 2017