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The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

The Terrible

The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward
Jun 05, 2018 | 224 Pages
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Praise for The Terrible

One of Elle’s 30 Best Books to Read This Summer

“I tore through Yrsa Daley-Ward’s poetic memoir, The Terrible, in a matter of hours. . . . An impressive take on the memoir that prioritizes emotion over event.”
The Paris Review (Staff Picks)

“A powerful, unconventionally structured memoir recounting harrowing coming-of-age ordeals . . . Daley-Ward resists classification in this profound mix of poetry and prose. . . . [She] has quite a ferociously moving story to tell.”
Kirkus (starred)

“Devastating, in the very best way . . . generous, utterly human, and, eventually, hopeful.”
—Buzzfeed, “30 Exciting New Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List”

“[Daley-Ward] has become known for spare, sharp, unflinching, and joyous writing. Cannot wait for this one in June.” 
—Bustle, “12 Most Anticipated Poetry Collections Hitting Bookstores In 2018”

“Yrsa Daley-Ward is laying her pain bare and turning it into uplifting, unconventional poetry. . . . If readers thought she bared her soul through bone, her memoir The Terrible will be another lesson in how to fearlessly turn the pain of her past into uplifting prose.” 

Praise for Yrsa Daley-Ward

“Yrsa’s work is like holding the truth in your hands. It sweats and breathes before you. A glorious living thing.”
—Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine

“daley-ward effortlessly mines the bone. the diamond from the difficult. the things that are too bright and taboo. she lays her hands on the pulse of the thing. . . . an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind . . . daley-ward’s extraordinary talent. ability. to both see and write the veins of the true life. the true lives. is a gift. a breath.”
—nayyirah waheed, author of salt. and nejma

“[Daley-Ward] has a knack for getting directly to a story’s heat-point, and once there, to distill the emotions within it down to a line or two.”
Hanif Abdurraqib, The Atlantic

“Daley-Ward’s short poems cover subjects like depression, falling in and out of love, and sexuality, with a fierce staccato that, as the title suggests, cuts deep.”

“[A] stunning excavator of human heat and light.”

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