DAWN RAFFEL PIC TINY

Dawn Raffel

Dawn Raffel is the author of two story collections, Further Adventures in the Restless Universeand In the Year of Long Division, and a novel,Carrying the Body. Her fiction has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine,BOMBConjunctions, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories,The QuarterlyNOONThe Antioch Review, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, and at Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Montreal; she’ll teach in Vilnius, Lithuania this summer. She is an editor at large for Reader’s Digest, and the editor of The Literarian, the online journal for the Center for Fiction.

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Artwork by Dawn Raffel’s son, Sean Evers, who was 14 when he made the drawings.

 

Selected by O,The Oprah Magazine:

Best 2012 Memoirs
Best Beach Reads of 2012
10 Titles to Pick Up Now: June 2012
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 ** A Wall Street Journal Bestseller **

The Secret Life of Objects

a memoir

 

PRAISE FOR THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS

“Her gift for capturing the nugget of a relationship in a single backward glance works
beautifully in this illustrated memoir.”
The Chicago Tribune

“The Secret Life of Objects is a lean, brilliant, playful memoir.”
The San Francisco Chronicle

“You may never look at that lamp the same way again after reading this evocative memoir…”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“Her memoir reflects on everyday objects such as a cup, a ring… From these memories comes a whole life story.”
Reader’s Digest

“A unique, evocative memoir…written with all the wild bloom of imagination that
fiction brings to the table.”
The Quivering Pen

“This endearing memoir takes an assortment of otherwise ordinary possessions and
turns it into a series of delicate, resonant stories.”
More Magazine

“’Sometimes things shatter,’ Dawn Raffel writes in The Secret Life of Objects. ‘More often they just fade.’ But in this evocative memoir, moments from the past do not fade—they breathe on the page, rendering a striking portrait of a woman through her connections to the people she’s loved, the places she been, what’s been lost, and what remains. In clear, beautiful prose, Raffel reveals the haunting qualities of the objects we gather, as well as the sustaining and elusive nature of memory itself.”
– Samuel Ligon, author of Drift and Swerve: Stories
“Dawn Raffel puts memories, people and secrets together like perfectly set gems in these shimmering stories, which are a delight to read. Every detail is exquisite, every character beautifully observed, and every object becomes sacred in her kind, capable hands. I savored every word.
– Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe – My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life

 

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