Terrace Story


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$28.00  $26.04
Ecco Press
Publish Date
5.85 X 8.52 X 0.75 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

Hilary Leichter is the author of Temporary, which was a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her writing has appeared in Harper's Magazine, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. She teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"Prepare to be astonished. Like the magical terrace of its title, Hilary Leichter's spectacular second novel contains the whole world. Told with boundless imagination, wisdom, and effortlessly gorgeous prose, Terrace Story will transform your understanding of time, space, memory, love, longing, and family and make you see your life anew. This book is a wonder." -- Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers

"Hilary Leichter, one of our most original novelists, amazes us again with a beautifully unclassifiable novel. Step out onto the terrace, where space and time, cause and effect, and fiction and reality have been redefined and gorgeously subverted. Terrace Story isn't a novel you merely read; it's a book you inhabit." -- Hernan Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Trust

"Truly brilliant and profound. There's magic between these covers. Leichter is the master of creating a mood and a world that is both breezy and earth-shattering. I felt changed by this book. Every page is revelatory and left me happily breathless, and the story broke my heart in the best way. I thank the literary heavens for Terrace Story." -- Diane Cook, Booker shortlisted author of The New Wilderness

"Terrace Story is brilliantly inventive, enchanting, disturbing, beautiful, and unlike anything I've ever read. I loved what it does with time--gone and not gone, lost and found where we never put it. Really extraordinary." -- Joan Silber, author of Secrets of Happiness and Improvement

"At the book's heart are the relatable grief and terror that go along with love--of our planet, of another--and the threat of losing it...Leichter bends minds--and physics--to give a light touch to deep grief." -- Kirkus Reviews

"...A sprawling, gutting romance...Terrace Story's metaphysical turns are undergirded by intense, emotional precision...We may well outgrow one another the way we outgrow our house, our home, and even our planet. That's a difficult truth to swallow. Perhaps we can only see it clearly piece by piece, story by story, over a lifetime. That is the pleasure and heartbreak of reading Leichter's work: the knowledge that sometimes stories have no beginning or end." -- BOMB Magazine

"[D]elightful . . . . deeply satisfying. Leichter soars with this cogent yet dreamlike tale." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Terrace Story is fun and profound, fickle and erudite. It is an irresistibly cool book." -- Booklist

"An intelligent and sneakily moving book, perfect for afternoons when you wish you were nowhere other than where you are." -- Literary Hub