The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life


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University of Nebraska Press
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6.28 X 8.76 X 0.93 inches | 0.99 pounds
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About the Author

Floyd Skloot is the author of four novels, most recently Patient 002; six collections of poetry, including The End of Dreams; a collection of essays; and three previous memoirs. He is the winner of three Pushcart Prizes, the most recent for his essay, "The Voice of the Past," which appears in The Wink of the Zenith. His memoir In the Shadow of Memory (available in a Bison Books edition) was named a Best of 2003 nonfiction title by the Chicago Tribune and was a 2003 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award nonfiction finalist. His memoir A World of Light (Nebraska 2005) was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice selection for 2005.


"Skloot unravels the tangled thread of his own life story with a sense of urgency often missing from linear memoir; and in so doing, he shows us that while truth and fact may be intimately connected, meaning itself is in the telling."--Courtney Arnold, ForeWord Magazine --Courtney Arnold"ForeWord Magazine" (09/01/2008)
"Wise, thoughtful."--Booklist

--Deborah Donovan"Booklist" (09/01/2008)
"Eloquent and affecting"--Harvey Freedenberg, Shelf Awareness --Harvey Freedenberg"Shelf Awareness" (09/22/2008)
"A full-color portrait of Skloot's boyhood that rings with authenticity."--Jenny Shank, New West--Jenny Shank"New West" (10/20/2008)
"Skloot is such a fine writer that he can--and does--write about eating 'baloney and eggs' and makes it seem fascinating. Writers at any stage of their careers will treasure this volume of clean, expressive prose that delights without ever showing off."--Publishers Weekly, starred review-- (09/01/2008)
"A book to be savored, not gulped down but tasted, essay by essay, allowing time to be amazed at how Skloot's insights beam directly into our souls."--Penny Allen, (09/26/2008)