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All the Lives We Ever Lived
All the Lives We Ever Lived Katharine Smyth
by Katharine Smyth


 
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New York, NY: Crown (January 29 2019)

First Edition. Hardback.

New in dust jacket.

A wise and moving debut about the pain of losing a parent and a celebration of how literature can serve as a beacon in dark times, using the modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse

Following her father’s death, Katharine Smyth turned to her favorite novel, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, as a way of making sense of her bereavement. Written out of a lifelong admiration for Woolf and her work, Katharine’s story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf’s Cornish coast and Bloomsbury squares, addressing universal questions about family, loss, and homecoming.

But All the Lives We Ever Lived, which braids together memoir, biography, and literary criticism, is also an intimate reading of one woman’s talismanic text. Through her thoughtful engagement with To the Lighthouse, and her adaptation of its groundbreaking structure, Katharine guides the reader toward a deeper understanding of Woolf’s most demanding and rewarding novel—and crafts an elegant reminder of literature’s power to clarify and console.

All the Lives We Ever Lived is a wholly original debut from a young writer of immense promise: a love letter from a daughter to her father, and from a reader to her most cherished author.

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