She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels

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Delphinium Books
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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Kathleen Hill is the author of two previous novels. Her first novel, Still Waters in Niger was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. It was also selected for The Quality Paperback Book Club. The French translation, Eaux Tranquilles, was shortlisted for the Prix Femina Etranger. Her second novel Who Occupies This House was an editor's choice at the New York Times Book Review. One essay included in She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons was selected as one of the Best American Short Stories as well as The Pushcart Prize XXV and The Pushcart Book of Short Stories; another, published in Ploughshares, went on to be released in an Amazon Kindle that was selected as One of the Best Kindle Singles of 2014. She teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.


"Eloquent and searching, Hill's book explores the strange and wondrous resonances between the read and lived while celebrating reading itself as among the most profoundly transformative of human acts."--Kirkus Reviews
"This is no mere book-lover's memoir, for it too gives the illusion of speaking beyond time and place, from across a quiet room and decades of thoughtful living...Hill writes with great elegance, clarity, and soul."--Andrew Jimenez, Paris Review
"Captivating."--Huffington Post
"In this multi-faceted gem of a book, Kathleen Hill, a great reader, pays tribute to the masterworks of literature which have inspired her, and uses her prodigious memory and her lucid prose style to celebrate love and compassion as the most noble and enduring of human qualities."--Colm Toibin, author of The Master and Brooklyn
"In these gorgeous pages, Kathleen Hill explores her own life, and the lives of family and friends, in the company of various novels. The result is a memoir filled with urgency as she struggles to read the world around her, to understand herself, and others, as deeply as Isabel Archer and Lucy Gayheart. This is a wonderful and profound book."--Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
"We've always believed that books were like a soundtrack to our lives and that our day to day lives stood in the foreground. But this stunning book tells a different and surprising tale: it is our lives that slip into the background, and books--those fabulous books that alter who we are when we know how to read them or when we're lucky to have them read to us--can become the real face of our lives."--Andre Aciman, author of Call Me By Your Name
"Here is a book that takes up beauty, longing, genius, and spirit--here is solitary thought, not looking to be answered, even by the thinker: an original book that leaves the reader less alone."--Jean Valentine, poet, author of Break the Glass
"What a delight this is! Hill captures precisely, beautifully, the tremor of a great book crossing our lives at just the right moment."--Andrea Barret, author of Archangel and The Voyage of the Narwhal
"Deftly crafted, inherently fascinating, consistently engaging. . . She Read to Us in The Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels is a compelling read from first page to last and will prove to be especially appealing to all of the bibliophiles amongst us."--Midwest Book Review