Winner of the Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical ProseReal Estate
Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, the Washington Post, TIME, and Kirkus
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is the third and final installment in three-time Booker Prize nominated Deborah Levy's Living Autobiography series: an exhilarating, thought-provoking and boldly intimate meditation on home and the specters that haunt it in our patriarchal society. "Three bicycles. Seven ghosts. A crumbling apartment block on the hill. Fame. Tenderness. The statue of Peter Pan. Silk. Melancholy. The banana tree. A love story."
Virginia Woolf wrote that in order to be a writer, a woman needs a room of one's own. Now, in Real Estate
, acclaimed author Deborah Levy concludes her ground-breaking trilogy of living autobiographies with an exhilarating, boldly intimate meditation on home and the specters that haunt it.
In this vibrant memoir, Levy employs her characteristic indelible writing, sharp wit, and acute insights to craft a searing examination of womanhood and ownership. Her inventory of possessions, real and imagined, pushes readers to question our cultural understanding of belonging and belongings and to consider the value of a woman's intellectual and personal life.
Blending personal history, gender politics, philosophy, and literary theory, Real Estate
is a brilliant, compulsively readable narrative.
About the Author
Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays, and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, broadcast on the BBC, and widely translated. The author of highly praised novels, including The Man Who Saw Everything (longlisted for the Booker Prize), Hot Milk and Swimming Home (both Man Booker Prize finalists), The Unloved, and Billy and Girl, the acclaimed story collection Black Vodka, and two parts of her working autobiography, Things I Don't Want to Know and The Cost of Living, she lives in London. Levy is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.
"[Levy] is an indelible writer . . . [an] elliptical genius . . . The Cost of Living . . . is always a pleasure to consume." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times, on THE COST OF LIVING
"An astute observer of both the mundane and the inexplicable, Levy sketches memorable details in just a few strokes." --Yiyun Lee, The New York Times Book Review, on THE COST OF LIVING
"A smart, slim meditation on womanhood informed by Levy's wide reading." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "Fresh Air", on THE COST OF LIVING
"Unclassifiable, original, full of unexpected pleasures at every turn. ... Delivered in gorgeous, disciplined prose, Deborah Levy has crafted a bracing, searing inquiry into one woman's life that manages to tell the truth of all women's lives." --Dani Shapiro, on THE COST OF LIVING