For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs

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In this collection about life as a twentysomething in the twenty–first century, Kathleen Rooney writes with the finesse of someone well beyond her years, but with fresh insights that reveal a girl still making discoveries at every turn. Varied and original, the tales in For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs recount the perils of falling in love with the unlikeliest of people, of visiting the New York apartments of a vanished poet, and of touring an animal retirement home with her parents. Of getting a Brazilian wax, and of chauffeuring a U.S. senator around town. Of saying good–bye to a cousin who’s joining a convent, and of trying to convince herself that she’s not wasting her life. This is a book about love and longing, poetry and plagiarism, death and democracy, mountain floods and Midwestern cicadas. Here is a young woman struggling to find her place as an adult and a citizen in an America that rarely manages to live up to Whitman’s dream of it. With this book, Rooney sings—yes, in fact, she trills—loud and clear.

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"This esoteric, organic meditation on life as an art object is itself a model of personal writing, perfect for those on either side of the easel." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Rooney . . . explores the territory between female beauty and intelligence, art and pornography, object and observer—even the border between life and death—with insight and passion." —The Los Angeles Times