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.
For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs
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Kathleen Rooney is the author of Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that Changed America, as well as the poetry collections Oneiromance (An Epithalamion), Something Really Wonderful, and That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness, the latter two written collaboratively with Elisa Gabbert. Her essay Live Nude Girl was selected for Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers.
"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