This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers


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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.2 X 1.1 X 8.4 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author

Jeff Sharlet is associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth, and the best-selling author of The Family (made into a Netflix documentary series), This Brilliant Darkness, C Street, and Sweet Heaven When I Die. His work has earned numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award and the Outspoken Award.


A phenomenally original book that will press into your chest about as deeply as literature can go. Sharlet is his generation's Steinbeck.--Timothy Tyson, author of The Blood of Emmett Till
Propelled and sustained by Sharlet's crystalline attention and his electric voice, at once bold and precise, this stunning book will stay in me for good.--Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams
Bless Jeff Sharlet for not walking away, but sharing his humanity by bridging the deadly gap of isolation with love.--Terry Tempest Williams, author of Erosion: Essays of Undoing
Sharlet's haunting photos accompany clipped, pointillist, but expressive prose that evokes character and tragedy...The result is a triumph of visual and written storytelling, both evocative and moving.
Sharlet provides a poignant and wholly intimate portrait of the lives of those who are often overlooked in our society, breathing a sense of humanity in a part of our world that is so often inhumane. A highly recommended book that is at times difficult to take in and difficult to put down.
This book of photographs and extended captions becomes a gallery of souls, and somehow, by patient accretion, a guidebook to staying human in the panopticon. It speaks back to the deafening noise of our moment with quiet power.--John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead
A luminous, moving and visual record of fleeting moments of connection.
This Brilliant Darkness embodies what it invites--real consideration and reconsideration of our own company, what we fellow travelers do and do not share. Jeff Sharlet suggestively notes that our unreliable bodies are their own unreliable narrators. He has put his own on the line. Spend time with him there.--Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family