Award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist Lynne Sharon Schwartz returns with what is perhaps her most personal book yet. These memoirs, gathered under the title of Intimate Glimpses, are exactly that. Intimate recollections of her life, beginning with her serious heart-valve surgery and ranging back in time, from going to movies as a child, to her relationship with her complicated and challenging parents, her own difficulties with intimacy and anger, thoughts about long friendships, and the pure delight of grandchildren. It will surprise none of her readers that after a lifetime of playing the piano and moving from place to place for her entire adulthood, she finds a different, richer sort of fulfillment as a middle-aged woman taking African drum lessons in Manhattan. Every piece in this wonderful collection is an adventure.
In her twenty-fourth book, Schwartz remains, as was said of her by Frederick Busch, “precise and unflinching.” She is a writer of elegant style and captivating honesty, about herself, those around her, and the world at large. These reflections, certain to move and disturb, enlighten and entertain, affirm that Lynne Sharon Schwartz is one of the finest writers of her generation.