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Oct 02, 2018 | ISBN 9780525638100 | 400 Minutes

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“Touching and at times jaw-dropping. . . . An evocative record of unusual lives and loves [that] spanned continents and left their mark on subsequent generations.” —The Washington Post

“Beautifully rendered. . . . All memoirs are, by definition, collections of the past, but few interrogate it quite like Kathryn Harrison’s On Sunset.” —Los Angeles Times

On Sunset is Harrison’s gentlest inquiry into the particular foreign country that is her past. . . . The glittering riches of Harrison’s childhood [are] her most precious inheritance.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Stunning. . . . This is Kathryn Harrison in top form.” —Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors 

“Astonishing. . . . Gorgeous. . . . Wise and all-seeing. . . . Full of whimsy and hope and awe. . . . Harrison braids her material: the story of her childhood, the story of her grandparents’ lives. . . . it’s not just memoir, not just family history, not just a meditation on culture and class, but a mystery, too.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“Harrison’s story is ordinary and extraordinary. . . . The delight of this book lies in her relationship with these grandparents—marvels of experience, patience and knowledge whose stories set her off to become a writer.” —The National Book Review

“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 as she reenters the frozen bubble in time she occupied as a lonely child.” —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

“A poignant and eloquent memoir. . . . 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.” —Kirkus Reviews

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