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Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs

Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs

Beth Ann Fennelly

ISBN: 978-0-393-60947-9

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224 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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"Imagine the hundred things you enjoy doing most in the world. Reading Heating & Cooling is more fun than 95 of them."
—Richard Russo

The 52 micro-memoirs in the genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life. They build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some poignant, and many of them reveal the humor buried below the surface of everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.

"Insightful and precise. . . . A portrait of a life that is deeply felt and fully awake."
Ann Patchett

"Strong and at the same time wonderfully vulnerable. There is a matter-of-fact revelation inherent in her work. I deeply enjoyed this book—deeply."
Dorothy Allison

"The pieces . . . look like jewels¯finely wrought, lyric and subtle—but they expose themselves as creatures: vital, writhing, surprising, alive."
Leslie Jamison