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Hourglass Audiobook

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.

Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time - abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning - a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise - how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers.

©2017 Dani Shapiro (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"In this touching and intimate memoir...Shapiro beautifully weaves together her own moving language and a commonplace book's worth of perfect quotes from others." (Publishers Weekly)

"To write openly about an enduring intimate relationship requires courage and tact...In this compelling account of her 18-year marriage, Shapiro carefully exposes the vulnerabilities that have subtly begun to surface within the relationship.... The narrative demonstrates Shapiro's finely tuned, poetic skills as a writer.... A sharply observed and frequently moving memoir of marriage." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    "Great Synthesis of Memoir meets Philisophy"

    This book is definitely worth listening to several times or more to catch some of the nuggets of deep thought and self-reflection and analysis of the stages of life as it unfolds. Free will or not, we all are on a certain path for better or worse.

    The insights and poignant .descriptions are not to be missed. The only thing that might rub a reader in the wrong way are the rivulets of the upper-middle-class lifestyle among such deep, often bittersweet, if not melancholic, life dramas. While these themes are timeless and class-less, it is sometimes hard to swallow pain and sorrow playing out amidst little descriptive pieces (e.g., a "Patagonia sweater") and then there are the history of what to most Americans would be lavish vacations.

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    Danielle Sherman Oaks 05-11-17
    Danielle Sherman Oaks 05-11-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Visceral & Lovely"
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    This book was a great listen. I appreciate the way that the author goes back and forth between the moments in her life.

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    Erica R. Svendsen` 05-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "significance of the overlooked moments revealed"

    The writer grants the reader access to the weaving room where the fabric of her writing life is spun. The reading itself however, is done without much feeling. This has the benefit of letting the listener ascribe weight to various events but left me wanting the author to allow her emotions to be somewhere other than just or of reach.

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    Valley Prep 04-21-17
    Valley Prep 04-21-17
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    "Transience and Permanence"

    Loved this book and Shapiro's peculiar juxtaposition of the lyrical with the ordinary, wrapping and winding like love itself through this vulnerable narrative.

    An author who continues to risk. A book recommended especially for those of us who reject time as a construct.

    Brava!

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    Sandra 04-12-17
    Sandra 04-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "As always, sharp, intelligent and self aware."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This, more than any of her other writing, feels raw and honest. She's succeeded in weaving a story that is profoundly hers and yet universal.


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