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The Art of Intimacy

The Space Between
Stacey D'Erasmo
“What is the nature of intimacy, of what happens in the space between us? And how do we, as writers, catch or reflect it on the page?” Stacey D’Erasmo’s insightful and illuminating study examines the craft and the contradictions of creating relationships not only between two lovers, but also between friends, family members, acquaintances, and enemies in fiction. She argues for a more honest, more complex portrait of the true nature of the connections and missed connections among characters and, fascinatingly, between the writer and the reader. D’Erasmo takes us deep into the structure and grammar of these intimacies as they have been portrayed by such writers as Didion, Morrison, Lawrence, Woolf, and Maxwell, and also by visual artists and filmmakers. She asks whether writing about intimacy is like staring straight into the sun, but it is her own brilliance that dazzles in this piercing and original book.

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The first work of nonfiction by Stacey D’Erasmo, author of the New York Times Notable novels Tea and The Sky Below

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Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between; The Sky Below, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Favorite Book of the Year; A Seahorse Year; and Tea, a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches at Columbia University.
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  • “D’Erasmo manages to teach, model, and argue many essential truths about intimacy . . . [A] perfect go-to resource for any writer, teacher, or thoughtful reader.”Los Angeles Review of Books
  • "The Art of Intimacy smartly and thoroughly examines literary intimacy from both sides of the page, making this as enlightening to readers as writers."Largehearted Boy
  • “A profound meditation on the relationships between fictional characters. . . . An invaluable text for the writing classroom.”Rumpus 
  • “As D’Erasmo proves throughout, intimacy is often the result of what isn’t said, of what needn’t be said, of a closeness the readers feel but don’t see.”Los Angeles Review
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