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Riverhead Books
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5.7 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Zambreno is the author of several acclaimed books including Screen Tests, Heroines, and Green Girl. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, she teaches in the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia University and is the Strachan Donnelley Chair in Environmental Writing at Sarah Lawrence College.


Advance praise for Drifts

"A free-spirited, essayistic novel exploring the complex links among art, parenthood, and making a living. . . . The charm of this novel is how it makes this deep uncertainty feel palpable and affecting. [The result is] a lyrical, fragmentary, and heartfelt story about the beauty and difficulty of artistic isolation." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Immersive [and] exciting . . . a captivating deconstruction of the writer's process that will reward readers in search for meaning."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Zambreno is perceptive, funny, and spellbinding as she reflects on and dramatizes the infinite complexities of womanhood and creativity." --Booklist

"Drifts gathers up multiple ways of seeing, feeling and understanding, layering fiction, meditation, biography, confession and prose poetry into one capacious structure. This is an extraordinary book."
--Margo Jefferson, author of Negroland

"In Drifts, Kate Zambreno has taken nothing for granted. She has created a spirited, shape-shifting read that is by turns insightful, intimate, speculative, and mischievous. In her search to uncover the form's rich potential, Zambreno is unafraid to show us what she too is made of."
--Claire-Louise Bennett, author of Pond

"Kate Zambreno's writing is mysterious, unclassifiable, and yet intimate and familiar too. Reading her is like looking through a kaleidoscope--the world is at once more beautiful and more terrifying."
--Jenny Zhang, author of Sour Heart

"Ravishingly intense and tender[, ] an intimate portrait of the mind of a writer on the verge of disappearing. . . . The message she sends back to us from edge of the abyss is that literature is discourse: a delirious, charged conversation propelled across time and space by desire, lust, confusion, despair and yearning. Utterly original, transfixing, infectious. . . . I couldn't put it down."
--Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, author of Call Me Zebra