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Book Title: Abandon Me: Memoirs|
The size of the: 1.48 MB
Edition: Bloomsbury USA
Date of issue: February 28th 2017
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The author of the book: Melissa Febos
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Read full description of the books:For readers of Maggie Nelson and Leslie Jamison, a fierce and dazzling personal narrative that explores the many ways identity and art are shaped by love and loss.
In her critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart, Melissa Febos laid bare the intimate world of the professional dominatrix, turning an honest examination of her life into a lyrical study of power, desire, and fulfillment.
In her dazzling Abandon Me, Febos captures the intense bonds of love and the need for connection -- with family, lovers, and oneself. First, her birth father, who left her with only an inheritance of addiction and Native American blood, its meaning a mystery. As Febos tentatively reconnects, she sees how both these lineages manifest in her own life, marked by compulsion and an instinct for self-erasure. Meanwhile, she remains closely tied to the sea captain who raised her, his parenting ardent but intermittent as his work took him away for months at a time. Woven throughout is the hypnotic story of an all-consuming, long-distance love affair with a woman, marked equally by worship and withdrawal. In visceral, erotic prose, Febos captures their mutual abandonment to passion and obsession -- and the terror and exhilaration of losing herself in another.
At once a fearlessly vulnerable memoir and an incisive investigation of art, love, and identity, Abandon Me draws on childhood stories, religion, psychology, mythology, popular culture, and the intimacies of one writer's life to reveal intellectual and emotional truths that feel startlingly universal.
Read information about the authorMelissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her writing has been published in venues including Glamour, Kenyon Review, Post Road, Portland Review, Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, Salon, Dissent, The Brooklyn Rail, New York Times, Bitch Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, The Rumpus, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, and she has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Anderson Cooper Live, CNN, and The Atlantic, among many others. The winner of essay prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers, she is the recipient of a 2012 Bread Loaf Nonfiction Fellowship, a 2013 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Artist Grant, a 2014 Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellowship, a 2015 Vermont Studio Center fellowship, a 2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council “Process Space” fellowship on Governor’s Island, and MacDowell Colony fellowships in 2010, 2011, & 2014. For eight years she co-curated and hosted the Mixer Reading and Music Series in Manhattan, and is the recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. A member of the Board of Directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Melissa is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Brooklyn.
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