Hold Still


Product Details

Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
March 21, 2016
5.7 X 1.1 X 8.3 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Lynn Steger Strong holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she teaches freshman writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two young daughters.


Lynn Steger Strong has a great eye for the visible world, a near perfect sensor for those of us living in it, and a deep compassion and curiosity for how we go astray and find ourselves again.--Richard Ford
Strong has produced a family saga both familiar and strange, told in kaleidoscopic detail, dancing back and forth in time, balletically slow yet always knife tight, philosophical, interrogative and smart. I read with my heart in my throat.--Rufi Thorpe, author of The Girls from Corona del Mar
What keeps the pages turning is the desperate, botched attempts at familial love between family members, none of whom seem to know quite what they want, bringing to mind the Tolstoy quote, 'Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.' Here, the mercurial rendering of this particular unhappy family makes it a heart-wrenching read in its very own way.
In this compelling debut, Lynn Steger Strong paints a portrait of familial love that is real, visceral, and all the more dangerous for being unconditional. Her characters show us that loving someone deeply can be a fraught act--and trying to gain distance from them, even more so.--Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine