Loitering: New and Collected Essays


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Tin House Books
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5.3 X 7.75 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Charles D'Ambrosio is the author two collections of short stories, "The Point" (a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award) and "The Dead Fish Museum" (a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award), as well as the essay collection "Orphans." His work has appeared frequently in "The New Yorker," as well as in "Tin House," "The Paris Review," "Zoetrope All-Story," "A Public Space," and "Story." He's been the recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and a USA Rasmuson Fellowship. He lives in Portland, OR.


D'Ambrosio hasn't published anything less than brilliant, but Loitering is remarkable even by his standards.
[D'Ambrosio's] toolkit, finite and familiar, is the English language, the same one ticker-taping through your conscious mind and mine, but with it he constructs sentences, paragraphs, entire pages of such sustained insight and fluency that you can't help but feel a little fraudulent as a fellow user of the same mother tongue.
Loitering, by Charles D'Ambrosio, gets something deeply right about being uncertain, being in-between, being human. Its essays refuse the violence of imposing too much resolution on the world. This praise might sound abstract, but it's more like a kind of closed-eye, clenched-fist gratitude: Thank you. These essays help me believe in what's holy in the mess.--Leslie Jamison

*Loitering makes NPR's 2014 Best of the Year list
*Time Out New York names Loitering one of the Top Ten Books of the Year
*Loitering makes the Pacific Northwest Bestseller List
*Loitering shortlisted for the PNBA awards

"[W]e can see he is one of the strongest, smartest and most literate essayists practicing today. This, one would hope, is his moment. . . .These [essays] are highly polished, finished, exemplary performances.--Phillip Lopate
Erudite essays that plumb the hearts of many contemporary darknesses.
His writing is all guts and heart.
Every [essay] is a pleasure, diamond-cut and sharp in its incisive observations on how to be a human.
D'Ambrosio is a masterful writer. The essays are candid, playful, funny, and often wrenching.
If you're a fan of well-written essays, checking out this collection, which encompasses both D'Ambrosio's earlier Orphans and work he's completed since then, is a must. D'Ambrosio is equally good at channeling his own tortured family history and evoking the history of a place or work of literature.