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The Kiss (Paperback)

Author:  Kathryn Harrison Afterword:  Jane Smiley
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0812979710
ISBN-13: 9780812979718
Sku: 211430948
Publish Date: 4/12/2011
Pages:  238
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One of today''s best young American writers transforms into a work of art the darkest passage imaginable in a young woman''s life: an obsessive love affair between father and daughter.
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In this extraordinary memoir, one of the best young writers in America today transforms into a work of art the darkest passage imaginable in a young woman's life: an obsessive love affair between father and daughter that began when Kathryn Harrison, twenty years old, was reunited with a parent whose absence had haunted her youth.

Exquisitely and hypnotically written, like a bold and terrifying dream, The Kiss is breathtaking in its honesty and in the power and beauty of its creation.  A story both of taboo and of family complicity in breaking taboo, The Kiss is also about love -- about the most primal of love triangles, the one that ensnares a child between mother and father.


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Slate
"Is 'The Kiss' a case of opportunism in a book market mad for memoirs, or a case of exhibitionistic masochism? The answer, of course, is both." - Ann Hulbert 03/18/1997

New York Times Book Review
"[P]owerful, disturbing....It isn't the shocking part of this book--the incest, the love affair--that gives it force. There's a lot packed into these few pages....Most of all, the book brilliantly, heartbreakingly lays out the helplessness of being a young woman..." - Susan Cheever 03/30/1997

New York Times
"Her narrative is spare and stark, written in present tense that perfectly conveys how her experience happened 'out of time as well as out of place'....The reader's defense to this onslaught can only be to try to understand. And Ms. Harrison, while not analytical, spins a complex web of clues....What remains inexplicable is how Ms. Harrison survived not only incest but also rejection by both her parents as a young child....How, given such a history, could she have become an academic star, a successful novelist and wife and mother?...In the end, the mystery of her healthy survival remains a flaw in her memoir." - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt 02/27/1997

Kirkus Reviews
"No explicit scenes here, except for the kiss of the title, but powerful writing, not about desire or passion, but about abandonment and rage." 02/15/1997

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0238
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Trade
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