Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage by Dani Shapiro

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Read Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage Online Free - The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.

Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack?

Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers.

Title : Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
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ISBN : 0451494482
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 160 pages


Chris rated it ★★★★☆

April 17, 2017

You know how they say books come into your life at the right time? This is one of those books. Read over my 50th birthday weekend, Shapiro delivers an sharp, honest, and powerful memoir that I didn't want to put it down. I recognized myself so many times in the pages. With this momentous (to me)...

Haley rated it ★★★★★

December 12, 2016

If you'd like to be transported in time, read this. If you'd like to feel how tender your life truly is, read this. If you're a lover of words, of the glint in his or her eye, in the way that thing happened twenty-two years ago, read this. This is a book for the soul. When it comes out next year...

Julie Christine rated it ★★★★★

August 03, 2017

Once begun, impossible to set aside. This delicate, graceful meditation on marriage is slim enough to read in one sitting, but it is Dani Shapiro's words and music that held me fast. She writes of the small cracks that appear with time in even the strongest of relationships; the inevitability of...

Sian rated it ★★★★★

July 02, 2017

I loved this so much! It's so beautiful. It's a memoir about marriage, about starting out and feeling you're at the beginning and then being married for twenty years and realising you are in the middle somewhere - how all those years change things, change you, how you go through things as a coupl...

Jana rated it ★★★★☆

May 19, 2017

I know this couldn't have been easy to write, but she makes it seem as if we're just listening to her think. And I mean this as high praise. The story flows back and forth in time and place. And she seems oh so honest. How does she open up like that to share her soul? What does her husband think...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

June 11, 2017

There was a lot of food for thought in this slim narrative. What makes a marriage work? Who are we in relation to our past? I really enjoyed reading this even though it meanders and jumps around and basically has no plot. I read this expecting there to be some sort of revelation or change at the...

Sue rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2017

This was an ARC. It was a difficult book for me to warm up to. It is well written but just didn't grab me.

Holly rated it ★★★☆☆

May 08, 2017

I recently listened to one of Dani Shapiro's earlier memoirs, Devotion, in which she chronicles her early life, relationships with her parents, her marriage, experience of motherhood, writing life and the freelance career, yoga and meditation practice, but above all (or underneath all) her Jewish...

Elizabeth☮ rated it ★★★★☆

October 19, 2017

Shapiro gives a look into her marriage of eighteen years. This is written in vignettes, so it isn't a linear narrative highlighting each milestone. I liked the jagged snapshots. We get snippets of life in the present and then the past and back again. A quick, but thoughtful read.

Annette rated it ★★★★☆

April 17, 2017

Insightful writing by one of my favorite writers- Dani Shapiro. Marriage, middle age, unfulfilled dreams, plans gone astray. How do we hold on to the one we love, when time begins to rub us until there is bare soul? How do we stay true to ourselves, our art and each other when life doesn't go as p...

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