The Ancestry of Objects

Tatiana Ryckman (Author)

Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
Deep Vellum Publishing
Publish Date
September 08, 2020
4.9 X 6.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Tatiana Ryckman is the author of I Don't Think of You (Until I Do) (Future Tense), and two chapbooks of prose; and the editor of Austin-based publisher Awst Press. She has been a writer in residence at Yaddo, Arthub, and 100W. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Lit Hub, Paper Darts, Barrelhouse, The Rumpus, and other publications. Tatiana can be found on airplanes or at


"I've always loved Ryckman's fiction, but nothing in the idiosyncratic originality of her short stories prepared me for her stunning novel with its dark eroticism, its plunge into depths of loneliness, and its quest for paradoxical liberation. Her extraordinary narrator lives in a state of erasure but thinks as plural: the social self for whom everything is always "fine"; the guilty, sinful self as defined by the now-dead grandparents; the self who needs to be seen through the outside eye of the absent lover, the absent God; and most of all, the self who feels dead in daily life and alive when courting an exuberant annihilation. In reading this powerful and disturbing short novel, I found myself splitting as well, into the reader who could not put these pages down, and the reader who had to, in order to regain her equilibrium and catch her throttled breath." -Diane Lefer, award-winning author of California Transit, playwright, and activist

On I Don't Think of You (Until I Do) "(Ryckman) has joined the likes of Clarice Lispector, Claudia Rankine, and John Berger." --Matthew Dickman, author of Mayakovsky's Revolver

Ryckman has written the anti-love story within all of us. A book so earnest and sharp in its examination of heartbreak, it will make you ache for all the people you haven't even loved yet." --T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls and No Tokens

"Keenly felt and fiercely written. Tatiana Ryckman is a revelation." --Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel

"Tatiana Ryckman has written a wonder; a remarkably accomplished work of such keen observation and emotional complexity as to rival those texts--Maggie Nelson's Bluets come to mind--with which it shares some literary DNA. Ryckman is a ruthless investigator of reckless desire ... I Don't Think of You (Until I Do) asks--newly, stunningly, with precise prose chiseled from stone--what it is we're meant to do when the source of our appetite is beyond the realm of our own cognition, and following this narrator in pursuit of the unanswerable is a reading experience as gutting as it is thrilling. One finishes this book with the simple thought: Now here is a person." --Vincent Scarpa