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On Sunset

On Sunset by Kathryn Harrison
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Oct 02, 2018 | 288 Pages
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“A touching and at times jaw-dropping portrait of the maternal grandparents who raised [Harrison]… On Sunset – richly illustrated with photographs and personal documents – adds up to more than just sepia-toned nostalgia for a world on which the sun set long ago… It’s an evocative record of unusual lives and loves that – disrupted by war and anti-Semitism – spanned continents and left their mark on subsequent generations.”
—Heller McAlpin, The Washington Post 

“I regard The Kiss as one of the bravest and finest memoirs ever written. So a memoir from Kathryn Harrison is a Big Deal and her new one, On Sunset, is stunning. Harrison never protects herself as a memoirist, and her vulnerability, intelligence, insight, curiosity, emotional honesty, and breathtaking talent as a writer are just some of the reasons On Sunset is as excellent as it is. This is Kathryn Harrison in top form.” 
—Augusten Burroughs 

“Undeniably rich… Harrison is nothing if not a magnificent writer, and there is something deeply satisfying about her sentences. A kind of internal rhythm dictates, with utmost precision and nary a stray adjective. She has a knack for layering stacks of images, details and exact snapshots into place, separated by commas like beads strung into a kind of rhapsody. Each sequence is beautifully rendered… All memoirs are, by definition, collections of the past, but few interrogate it quite like Kathryn Harrison’s On Sunset.”
—Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times

On Sunset is Harrison’s gentlest inquiry into the particular foreign country that is her past…[It’s] not, in the end, a story of loss… the glittering riches of Harrison’s childhood [are] her most precious inheritance.”
—Penelope Green, The New York Times Book Review

“Transfixing… Fairy-tale fascinating, profoundly revealing of cultural divisions, and brilliantly and wittily told… Harrison’s entrancing look-back casts light on resonant swaths of history.” 
—Donna Seaman, Booklist 

“Evocative and tender, this delightful memoir pairs the distant past with a safe and sacred time in the author’s young life.”
Publishers Weekly 

“Blending family history and mythology, anecdotes and photographs, this book is not simply one woman’s open love letter to two magnificently eccentric grandparents; it is also a testament to the enduring power of memory. A poignant and eloquent memoir.”
Kirkus Reviews

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