Getting Lost, by Annie Ernaux

Staff Pick

Thanks to Seven Stories Press, English-speaking readers can jump right into the impressive oeuvre of the 2022 Nobel literature prize-winner, Annie Ernaux. In her latest work,Getting Lost, the French writer best known for her autobiographical novels gives us instead the diary she kept during the period that inspired her 2003 fiction, A Simple Passion; both books describe her affair with a younger married man, and her journal also gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the writer's life--the source for the desire and longing Ernaux's works so powerfully evoke.


Getting Lost By Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Alison L. Strayer (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781644212196
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 4th, 2022

The River You Touch, by Chris Dombrowski

Staff Pick

When Dombrowski listens to a native storyteller, he’s transported by the sheer “elemental presence” of her words—they strike as viscerally as “pitched water running over a rock.” Readers of his almost preternaturally aware memoir/nature chronicle will feel a similar power in this poet’s own prose. He can see a moonlit salmon “on the pearl-colored gravel…lanky from territorial battles …tail shredded, misaligned kype jaw bulbous and scarred", or listen to a male meadowlark sing “a combination of notes that mimic the moving water’s unpredictability.” Being open to such experiences is the ideal life for this writer and fishing guide, his way of “becoming infused by the immensity” of Montana’s “infinitely wise landscape.” But even here, life is not ideal. Dombrowski worries about how he—and the planet—will afford his three children. But after a year teaching in Michigan, he returns to the mountains and a life that may be materially “threadbare,” but that allows him and his children the wisdom that comes only from knowing “places of deep resonant quietude.”

The River You Touch: Making a Life on Moving Water By Chris Dombrowski Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639550630
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 11th, 2022

Normal Family, by Chrysta Bilton

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Bilton's upbringing was anything but normal. Her single lesbian mother desperately wanted to have children but in the 1980s she had few options to make it happen. Then she met a gorgeous man at a Beverly Hills hair salon and an idea clicked: she paid him to be a sperm donor with no strings attached. He agreed. But unbeknownst to her, he'd been donating to a sperm bank for many years--leading Bilton eventually to discover  that she has dozens of half siblings. She's met 35 of them so far, and has no idea how many there may be in total. 

Normal Family: On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings By Chrysta Bilton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316536547
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 12th, 2022