The Life of the Mind


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$27.00  $24.84
Hogarth Press
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Christine Smallwood's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, and Vice. Her reviews, essays, and cultural reporting have been published in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Bookforum, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine, where she is a contributing writer. She has also written the "New Books" column for Harper's Magazine, where she is a contributing editor, and been an editor at The Nation. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University, is a founding faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities.


"I loved this novel for illuminating how the stories we tell ourselves are such cozy cousins with the clever lies we tell ourselves. But also I loved this novel because it was very, very, very fun to read. The Life of the Mind is hilarious, recognizable, and helplessly wise--a perfect foil for its namesake."--Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors

"The Life of the Mind is brilliant and pleasurable, funny and dark, cerebral and visceral--a must-read for the bleeding human survivors of the modern age."--Melissa Broder, author of The Pisces and Milk Fed

"Christine Smallwood's debut novel is that rare thing: an intellectual page-turner that commands one's attention completely from the first sentence to the final line. In painfully funny prose, Smallwood's X-ray gaze seeks out the rich seams of anxiety and loneliness running just below the surface of our culture's exhausting performative enthusiasm, taking in everything from the complex social politics of karaoke to the head-spinning paradoxes of an academic conference in Las Vegas. A worthy heir to contemporary classics like Paula Fox's Desperate Characters and Gary Indiana's Horse Crazy, The Life of the Mind is urgent, essential reading for our troubling times."--Andrew Martin, author of Early Work and Cool for America

"The Life of the Mind is a wonderful novel about a life (and a mind) that refuses to behave novelistically. The book is smart, sharp, often very funny, and, in its commitment to truth over beauty, absolutely fearless."--Christopher Beha, author of The Index of Self-Destructive Acts

"Brilliant . . . Dorothy's sharp, witty narration makes this book something special ("In the asymmetrical warfare of therapy, secrets were a guerrilla tactic," she decides, after putting off a session with her primary therapist). The result is like the glorious love child of Ottessa Moshfegh and Sally Rooney."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)