The Sound of Undoing: A Memoir in Essays


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University of Nebraska Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.48 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Paige Towers is a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Hobart, Washington Post, The Guardian, Harvard Review, McSweeney's, and many other publications.


"This book gifted me a deeper awareness of noise--its powers to depress or delight, estrange or connect. . . . Part anguished lament, part rapturous ode, Paige Towers has given us a portrait of overwhelming sensation."--Gabrielle Bates, author of Judas Goat
"The Sound of Undoing is for any person who's been told they are too sensitive to the burdens of our times. Spanning sister grief, noise exposure, and estrangement from self and society, Paige Towers investigates the echoing possibilities--attuned to both joy and trauma--of everyday sounds. Celebrating the minuscule and the immense in equal measure, this memoir is a real contribution to our understanding of the aural and emotional landscapes of womanhood."--Kristen Millares Young, author of Subduction
"Towers guides us through her discoveries of sound--its presence, absence, and lyrical implications. But it always comes back to love. This book explores what it means to perceive the world in surprising ways by showing us how we can understand what tethers us to our relationships and hold what we cannot see to the light with faith."--Su Cho, author of The Symmetry of Fish
"The Sound of Undoing marks the emergence of a bold voice in creative nonfiction. It asks us to turn our collective ears to the cacophonous and the sonorous, the mundane and the sublime. Towers breathes new life into the familiar soundscape of our modern existence, asking us to rediscover the wondrousness of our sound-filled world."--Calabryan Holder, Linden Review