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Intimate Glimpses

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March 11, 2014 | Hardcover | 6 x 9, 272 Pages | ISBN 9781619022461
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“Lynne Sharon Schwartz reaches into her heart, examines its intricacies, tinkers with little broken bits, and shows us what she’s learned—daring us to try this risky procedure at home.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

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.

About Lynne Sharon Schwartz

LYNNE SHARON SCHWARTZ is the author of The Writing on the Wall, Disturbances in the Field, Referred Pain, Not Now, Voyager, and the most recent novel, Two-Part Inventions. She lives in New York City.

Praise

“[R]eading Schwartz is like a pleasurable visit with a thoughtful and articulate friend.” —Kirkus

“A prolific essayist and novelist, Schwartz (Two-Part Inventions, 2012) here offers probing and perceptive ‘glimpses’ into her life, past and present…Schwartz imbues [these essays] with her signature curiosity, introspection, and insight, making readers feel as if they and the author are sharing their very personal memories.” —Booklist

“These engrossing, deeply personal essays return us to the voice that Schwart’s fans have long treasured: thoughtful, wry, elegant.  The enlightening essay about her heart surgery and its aftermath alone should make people buy this book. But there is so much more.” —Alix Kates Shulman, author of To Love What Is

“One of our very best personal essayists, copiously insightful and commanding a remarkable range of subject matter, Lynne Sharon Schwartz is a realist in every sense of the word.  Like Natalia Ginzburg, whom she has so ably translated, she knows what’s what and tells it to us, generously and unsparingly. Her clear vision is warmed by imagination and tender amusement for the follies of the world and herself.  In our forever-young, arrested-development culture, she is a true grown-up, wise to the ways she is not wise, and, fortunately for us, simply wise.” —Phillip Lopate, author of To Show and To Tell

“This collection brims with ‘intimate glimpses.’ Whether strolling the streets of New York with a hotdog in hand, slapping the skin of an African drum, or studying herself through interactions with a cat, Schwartz’s experience yields richness and meaning…Lynne Sharon Schwartz reaches into her heart, examines its intricacies, tinkers with little broken bits, and shows us what she’s learned—daring us to try this risky procedure at home.” —Sandra Swinburne, Los Angeles Review of Books

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