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Can You Tolerate This?

Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young
Jul 03, 2018 | 256 Pages
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“A stunning essay collection…wry, confessional, understated and often hilarious. Each piece lifts you up and deposits you in a place you never expected to find yourself. They startle with their immediacy and candor; they offer comfort even as they ask you to see things anew.”  —The Washington Post

“These are thoughtful, searching pieces, both open to the world and temperamentally uneasy. They handle their subjects with generosity and a restlessness that seeps in like floodwater.”
 —The New Yorker

“Like a Lena Dunham from Down Under, Young’s writing explores fragility and resilience with a visceral, bodily focus. Her essays are both grounded in particulars—there are ruminations on Katherine Mansfield, arm hair, and the oppression of attempting to work in the same space as someone else—and universal.” Vogue 

“A roaming, wry, raw, poignant collection of thoughts on what is tolerable, fair and possible in this life.” Electric Literature

“Ambitious, sobering, [and] wide-ranging…written with the tenderness and precision of a dentist who doesn’t use anesthesia.” —LitHub

“[A] compelling, exhilarating book of essays…[that] center[s] around the body, our first, last, and always home in the world, and the ways in which its limitations force us to find accommodations, force us to come to terms with our own strengths and frailties, as well as those of the people—all those other frail, strong bodies—around us.” NYLON 

“Young’s voice is soothing, unsure, and searching as she narrates her childhood in provincial New Zealand and pokes into the lives of those who populated it—her father, her brother, her chiropractor. Can You Tolerate This? asks its titular question at every turn, and the answer always seems to be yes.” The Paris Review

“Young’s defining strengths are honesty, sharp observational skills, and sensitivity shorn of sentimentality… She can arrest you with a glorious passage, a searching perception, or exquisitely apt metaphors and similes… Young has said that her essays emerge from feelings of awkwardness about herself and her place in the world, but with this collection and those to follow, the world of this promising New Zealander is about to become wider.” Kirkus Reviews

“From the first sentence onward, you know Ashleigh Young is here to deliver cool, compelling, surprising sentences, which add up to beautiful, unusual, and memorable essays. I love this book.”  —Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts and The Red Parts

“Tender, witty, and endowed with a penetrating emotional acuity, Ashleigh Young’s evocative essays gaze out into the world, searching it for moments of connection and clues to the true nature of our curious, fragile humanity.  This is a book to hold close and fall in love with.” —Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine and Intimations

“In prose witty and tender, Ashleigh Young sings the body problematic, as well as the questions of how to live in it: both with others and in solitude. This book made me feel less alone.”  —Melissa Broder, author of So Sad Today and The Pisces

“Yes! This is what I’ve wanted essays to be—character studies, maps, shrines, elegies, these forms that are mysterious, synaptic creatures. At the center of each of Ashleigh Young’s tender studies of isolation and place there is a heart, how it pulses.”Kate Zambreno, author of Heroines and Green Girl

“Ashleigh Young’s Can You Tolerate This? should be required reading for every woman. In this stunning and unforgettable collection, Young grapples with the question so many women face on a daily basis: how much can our bodies take? A fierce and unsentimental look at the power and pain and beauty and struggle that are the costs and benefits of being embodied.” — Emily Rapp Black, author of The Still Point of the Turning World and Poster Child

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