Afterglow Lib/E: A Dog Memoir
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About the Author
Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books, including Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, and most recently, I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975-2014. Their many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Art Writing, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and their poems were featured in seasons two and three of the Emmy-winning show Transparent. They live in Marfa, Texas, and New York City.
A ravishingly strange and gorgeous book about a dog that's really about life and everything there is.-- "Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author"
Part elegy, part meditation, part performance art...poignant, sweeping.-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"
A punk devotional, shot through with a sort of divine attention to material reality and a poet's associative leaps.-- "New Yorker"
Unflinching but also irrepressibly humorous...Myles possesses, in abundance, two qualities of the highest value for a writer, irreverence and relentless curiosity, and here both are on full display...By turns playful, heartfelt, wise, compassionate, fantastical, and audaciously confessional.-- "New York Times Book Review"
Wry, far-flung, and wonderfully loving.-- "Boston Globe"
Fantastical...wrenching....obsession becomes a way to process grief.-- "Rolling Stone"
A mutt elegy in a million...Myles gets at...the sense of wordless connection and spiritual expansion you feel when you love and are loved by a creature who's not human.-- "NPR"
A poetic and very personal recount of all a dog can offer in companionship...This is not for the casual prose-appreciator. Myles has a style weaving in and out of traditional poetry, forcing you to take a step and re-evaluate. Pretty apt for 2018.-- "BookRiot"
Myles works to bridge the power discrepancies between owner and dog, author and subject.-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"
Gets inside the glorious, edifying perversity of the human-canine relationship like no other book I've ever seen...with none of the corn syrup you might expect from the words 'dog memoir.'-- "Stranger (Seattle), a Top Book of 2017"
[A] sincere elegiac reflection on a life shared with another being.-- "Vice"
The universal theme of attachment shines through.-- " Portland Press Herald"