What You Become in Flight: A Memoir

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Melville House Publishing
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5.6 X 8.1 X 0.7 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author
Ellen O'Connell Whittet is an essayist and lecturer. Winner of the Virginia Faulkner Award, her work has appeared in Vulture, Paris Review, Buzzfeed, Teen Vogue, and Prairie Schooner. This is her first book.
"Revelatory, honest, and wondrous. This is a story of constant becoming. Ellen O'Connell Whittet shows us how to confront heartbreaking realities while remaining open. She teaches us the importance of paying homage to our past selves while growing. What You Become In Flight is about the power we harness when we let our losses inform us. I come away in celebration of life's nonlinear path and the ways we struggle and learn to occupy our bodies." --Chanel Miller, author of Know My Name

"I admire Ellen's care in chronicling loss, the body, movement, pain. Her writing is wide awake--prose that holds on as a mechanism for taking flight. Writing that comes up against our fears; that carries out a beautiful working through" --Durga Chew-Bose, author of Too Much and Not the Mood

"O'Connell Whittet's memoir explores what happens when we lose a dream we feel like we were destined for. Much more than a memoir about ballet, it is a memoir about being a woman with a body, about being a person with a hungry heart, someone searching for a place to belong. Whittet writes with astounding vulnerability and grace." --Annie Hartnett, author of Rabbit Cake

"An elegant and compelling künstlerroman that begins in the body and ends on the page." --Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart

"Enthralling, smart, inspiring ... Whittet guides us through relationships, passions, illnesses, and the biggest questions about what gives us the grace and strength required for everyday living. This is a beautiful book." --Tessa Fontaine, author of The Electric Woman

"Illuminating and lyrical. Fierce and delicate. Raw and romantic. A true work of art. This is a book not just for dancers, and not only for women. Rather, it's a gorgeous lesson to consume, leaving you full of the complex feeling of what it is to be lifted high, dropped hard, and then build yourself back up." --Mira Ptacin, author of The In-Betweens