The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir


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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.0 X 7.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.2 pounds

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About the Author

Vivian Gornick is the bestselling author of the acclaimed memoir Fierce Attachments, a biography of Emma Goldman, and three essay collections: The Men in My Life, Approaching Eye Level, and The End of the Novel of Love, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


"[F]unny and elegiac and truth-dealing. . . . It's a slim book with big echoes. . . . What puts The Odd Woman and the City across, however, is how deeply Ms. Gornick gets into the fat of feeling. She is as good a writer about friendship as we have." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"[An] elusive and stirring memoir" --David Ulin, Los Angeles Times

"[Vivian Gornick is] a kind of ambassador for those most contested, conflicted of American genres, the personal essay and the memoir." --Emily Stokes, The New York Times Book Review

"The best books, like the best friends and their best emails, like the most intimate and comforting conversations, make us feel understood. They make us feel like home is home. The Odd Woman and the City can be read as a guidebook for how to exist." --Katherine Taylor, Los Angeles Times Review of Books

"Gornick's most ambitious attempt yet at the nonromance plot . . . richly felt." --Laura Marsh, The New Republic

"A series of sharply observed vignettes." --The New Yorker

"In an age of often pointless confessional writing, Gornick remains a master of purposeful personal narrative." --Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly

"One of the most vital and indispensable essayists of our cultural moment." --Phillip Lopate

"Reading [Gornick] is a thrilling, invigorating, challenging experience." --Barbara Fisher, The Boston Sunday Globe

"Vivian Gornick . . . has produced a new volume in the stubbornly candid, piercingly intelligent voice that informed her literary essays and criticism. . . . a ferocious intellectual inquisitiveness and a lifetime affair with a city where Gornick's aliveness, her alertness are rewarded daily." --Misha Berson, The Seattle Times

"Gornick explores the ebb and flow of relationships with a blunt yet emotionally deft hand." --Jenn Fields, The Denver Post

"[A] marvelous new memoir . . . Yes, we fall in love with Vivian Gornick - her chutzpah and fine mind, her wit, perseverance and resolve." --The Buffalo News