P&P Live!: Rachel Cohen – Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels – in conversation with Claire Messud

Upcoming Event
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 6:00pm

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series, and is presented in partnership with Dumbarton House.

In the turbulent period around the birth of her first child and the death of her father, Rachel Cohen turned to Jane Austen to make sense of her new reality. For Cohen, simultaneously grief-stricken and buoyed by the birth of her daughter, reading Austen became her refuge and her ballast. She was able to reckon with difficult questions about mourning, memorializing, living in a household, paying attention to the world, reading, writing, and imagining through Austen's novels.

With unusual depth and fresh insight into Austen's life and literature, and guided by Austen's mournful and hopeful final novel, Persuasion, Rachel Cohen's Austen Years is a rare memoir of mourning and transcendence, a love letter to a literary master, and a powerful consideration of the odd process that merges our interior experiences with the world at large.

Cohen will be in conversation with Claire Messud, author of six works of fiction including her latest novel, The Burning Girl.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374107031
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 21st, 2020

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