Seeking Rapture

Seeking Rapture : Scenes from a Woman's Life

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In this book of personal reflections on a woman's life as child, wife, and mother, Kathryn Harrison re-creates episodes in her life, exploring how experiences of childhood recur in memory, to be transformed and sometimes healed in the lives we lead as adults. At the heart of Seeking Rapture is the notion that a woman's life is a continuous process of transformation, an ongoing overcoming and re-creating of self.Standing in her children's bedroom, Harrison asks, "How did it happen that I got from there to here?" The bestselling author of The Kiss and The Seal Wife writes with honesty and grace of how her early longing for the mother who abandoned her led to a pattern of self-destructive behavior, from shoplifting to bulimia, and to yearning for ways to transcend and even erase her physical self, to become the perfect child her mother could love. As a woman, she writes of time, the relentless passage experienced by adults, in contrast to the languors of childhood, and she recalls with vividness and humor her grandmother's attempts in her eighties to cheat on a driving test. And as a daughter, she writes of caring for her ailing mother, hoping for closure that does not come, but which she creates on her own terms.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 186 pages
  • 148 x 243 x 20mm | 386g
  • United States
  • English
  • 037550558X
  • 9780375505584
  • 2,564,937

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