The Book of Goodbyes


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5.9 X 8.8 X 0.3 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

Jillian Weise publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is the author of The Amputee's Guide to Sex, The Colony, and The Book of Goodbyes, winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and Tin House. Weise has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Fulbright Program, the Sewanee Writers Conference and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University.


"[The Book of Goodbyes] punctuated with an intriguing dip into magic realism." --Charleston City Paper

"...a smart and savvy ode to absences--of a lover, of a self, and of a part of the self, literal and figurative ... This is a brilliant book ultimately about connection." --Publishers Weekly *Starred* Review

"This book reminds us that the pain of love and loss, in the hands of a powerful wordsmith such as Weise, might just morph into passion, thrill, strength. And that love-suffering can bring us ever closer to lovability because through it we learn to connect, renew, transform." -Brenda Shaughnessy, The Academy of American Poets

"...unflinching and profoundly relevant poetry ... a take on alienation that implicitly indicts all of us." -Huffington Post

"These fierce, hip, heartbreaking love poems call out to a lover who can't be lived with or without. They're humorous, odd, and full of all the unreasonable truth of love. This book is the real thing." -Publishers Weekly

"Book of Goodbyes is edgy" and "in-your face." -Library Journal

"Jillian Weise ... is a force of nature. This collection follows up her debut, The Amputee's Guide to Sex, with what happens when sex becomes love that just won't go away -- no matter how unsuitable the beloved seems to be. This is love poetry for the 21st century: hot, hip and heart-rending." -Craig Morgan Teicher