Paul Auster’s latest book, the powerful memoir Winter Journal, hit shelves today. Thirty years after the publication of his debut The Invention of Solitude, a memoir about the death of his father, Auster returns to the genre with a moving meditation on aging and the death of his mother in 2002. This wholly unique book is already garnering wide acclaim, and is available now from Barnes & Noble and your local indie bookstore.
“Incandescent . . . In turns contemplative, pugnacious and achingly tender, Auster, who may be one of the most imaginative writers living and working in America today, gives us a blow-by-blow account of his collision with life–a chronicle of scars, fears, deaths and afflictions that have hounded him to his promontory of 64 years. That he manages to plumb memory all the way to universal bedrock is a credit to his artistry. By the end of this hallucinatory journey, he is likely to have told something of your story as well . . . This is, by story’s end, a profoundly beautiful book.” – Marie Arana, The Washington Post
“[A] remarkable new memoir . . . This is not a book that rages against the dying of the light. It looks back wistfully, regretfully, and with honesty and tenderness. The frame is Auster’s own body, and how our decaying bodies tell the stories of a life. But it is also the story of how marriages decay and love is reborn, of discovering sex and feeling desire evolve, of falling for books and channeling the creative impulse over decades. And it extends a tremendous and prolific late-career run for the novelist.” – Dave Daley, Salon
“Second-person narration has a way of being both accusatory and evasive; in Paul Auster’s elegant new memoir, it’s arresting, too, underscoring the strangeness of watching oneself age . . . This is an extraordinarily intimate book.” – Mythili Rao, The Daily Beast
“Auster’s quietly moving meditation on death and life chronicles the momentous and the mundane . . . This is the exquisitely wrought catalogue of a man’s history through his body.” – Publishers Weekly Picks