What to Look for in Winter
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What to Look for in Winter : A Memoir in Blindness

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The British literary sensation--"the most startling, discomforting, complicated, ungovernable, hilarious and heart-rending of memoirs " (The Telegraph)--the story of a celebrated writer's sudden descent into blindness, and of the redemptive journey into the past that her loss of sight sets in motion. Candia McWilliam, whose novels A Case of Knives, A Little Stranger, and Debatable Land made her a reader favorite throughout the United Kingdom and around the world, here breaks her decade-long silence with a searing, intimate memoir that fans of Lorna Sage's Bad Blood, Mary Karr's Lit, and Diana Athill's Somewhere Toward the End will agree "cements her status as one of our most important literary writers beyond question" (Financial Times).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 440 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 43.18mm | 612.35g
  • HarperTorch
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0062094505
  • 9780062094506
  • 1,509,803

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"Sparkles with vivid descriptions....An astonishingly beautiful portrait of what the world looks like when you can no longer see it."--Publishers Weekly
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"The most startling, discomforting, complicated, ungovernable, hilarious, and heartrending of memoirs" (The Telegraph, london)--the story of a celebrated writer's sudden descent into blindness, and the redemptive journey into the past that her loss of sight sets in motion

In 2006 the acclaimed novelist Candia McWilliam began losing her sight, a gradual onset of blindness that seemed like an assault cruelly tailored for someone whose life consisted of reading and writing. Propelled to look inward and into the past, McWilliam embarked on a painful personal voyage through a waste of snows punctuated by shards of ice as she attempted to write her life back. What followed was a flow of memory: her childhood in Edinburgh, her devastating alcoholism, finding and losing her bearings in Cambridge and London, her marriages, her children, and, overshadowing it all, her mother's suicide.

A personal story of love and loss, addiction and reclamation, her piercing memoir is also a celebration of friendship, reading, children, and the consolations of landscape. In What to Look for in Winter, McWilliam riffles through her many incarnations to find her true self and discover how she may come to see once more.
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