The Fixed Stars

Molly Wizenberg (Author)
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Description

From a bestselling memoirist, a thoughtful and provocative story of changing identity, complex sexuality, and enduring family relationships

At age 36, while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney she hardly knew. Married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life as she knew it, but something inside her had changed irrevocably. Instead, she would discover that the trajectory of our lives is rarely as smooth or as logical as we'd like to believe.

Like many of us, Wizenberg had long understood sexual orientation as a stable part of ourselves: we're "born this way." Suddenly she realized that her story was more complicated. Who was she, she wondered, if something at her very core could change so radically? The Fixed Stars is a taut, electrifying memoir exploring timely and timeless questions about desire, identity, and the limits and possibilities of family. In honest and searing prose, Wizenberg forges a new path: through the murk of separation and divorce, coming out to family and friends, learning to co-parent a young child, and realizing a new vision of love. The result is a frank and moving story about letting go of rigid definitions and ideals that no longer fit, and learning instead who we really are.

Product Details

Price
$25.00  $23.00
Publisher
Abrams Press
Publish Date
August 04, 2020
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.8 X 8.3 inches | 0.92 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781419742996
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About the Author

Molly Wizenberg is the author of two bestselling books, A Homemade Life and Delancey, and the James Beard Award-winning blog Orangette. She has written for the Washington Post, the Guardian, Saveur, and Bon Appétit, and she also cohosts the podcast Spilled Milk. With chef Brandon Pettit, Wizenberg cofounded the award-winning Seattle restaurants Delancey and Essex.

Reviews

"A work of blindsiding beauty."--Nell Beram "Shelf Awareness"
"The Fixed Stars is that rare thing, a groundbreaking, essential book about sexuality. Wizenberg's incisive, generous laying-bare of her own experience will make many readers feel seen, understood, and not alone. This book is a triumph."--Kate Christensen "author of Blue Plate Special and The Last Cruise"
"In The Fixed Stars, Molly Wizenberg tackles the ever-shifting issues of marriage, motherhood, and sexual orientation with the same compassion and unflinching honesty that have become the hallmarks of her writing. She makes the everyday extraordinary and brings depth and complexity to the bigger questions in life. A beautiful read."--Erica Bauermeister "author of The Scent Keeper"
"The Fixed Stars, like its protagonist, is both brave and sexy, both heady and bodily, and I ripped through this memoir like it was the most erudite romance novel in the world. This is a truly compelling look at sexuality, marriage, and parenthood in this century." --Emma Straub "author of All Adults Here and The Vacationers"
"Interwoven throughout with research insights into the complexity of female sexual identity, Wizenberg's book not only offers a glimpse into the shifting nature of selfhood; it also celebrates one woman's hard-won acceptance of her own sexual difference. A courageous and thought-provoking memoir."--Kirkus Reviews "author of All Adults Here and The Vacationers"
"The Fixed Stars is a nuanced look into two subjects frequently depicted as binary: love and sexuality. Wizenberg writes of her journey into queerness with tenderness and curiosity, two essential qualities for any sort of entry into new lands. This book spoke directly to my heart. Read it."--Esmé Weijun Wang "author of The Collected Schizophrenias"
"Wizenberg is an excellent writer; her meditations on what it means to know yourself--or think you know yourself--and how unpredictable and exciting life really is are a joy to read."--Electric Literature "author of All Adults Here and The Vacationers"
"This is a spirited, terrifyingly courageous, and searingly honest memoir of discovering sexual identity and strength."--Booklist "author of All Adults Here and The Vacationers"