A delicate and darkly witty reflection on loss, marriage, writing, and life in New York from an acclaimed biographer and memoirist.
Dorothy Gallagher was born and raised in New York City. She was a features editor for Redbook magazine before becoming a freelance writer whose work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Arete, The New York Times Book Review, Kenyon Review, and Grand Street. Her works include her memoir, Life Stories; Hannah's Daughters, an account of a six-generation matrilineal family; All the Right Enemies, a biography of the Italian-American anarchist Carlo Tresca; and most recently, Lillian Hellman- An Imperious Life. She lives in New York.
"A touching tribute to a beloved husband and a shared literary life." --Kirkus Reviews "Dorothy Gallagher tells us beautifully the things worth knowing. This book breaks my heart." --Susan Minot "The 'you' Dorothy Gallagher addresses in her exquisitely made new book is her late husband; the stories she tells him--moments recalled from their time together, lapidary dispatches from her years since his death--provide us the rarest of opportunities: hearing the very breath of others. This is not a chronicle of grief--it's a distillate of life itself." --Daniel Okrent "With the deliciously crisp lack of sentimentality that has characterized both her style and her stance from the start, Dorothy Gallagher turns to a subject that would be perilous for most writers but which here gives even greater scope for her striking gifts: bereavement. These diamond-hard essays, each devoted to 'things'--not lofty things, just things: clothes, pigeons, typewriters, friendships found and lost, sofas, the medical apparatus that inevitably became part of her and her late husband's life--evoke the writer's grief, and hence her marriage, with remarkable power." --Daniel Mendelsohn