“[Manguso] has written the memoir we didn’t realize we needed.” —The New Yorker

In Ongoingness, Sarah Manguso continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay. In it, she confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years. “I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened,” she explains. But this simple statement belies a terror that she might forget something, that she might miss something important.… (more)

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Her book hints at diary-keeping as neurosis, a hoarding that is almost a syndrome, a malfunction, a grief at having no way to halt loss.

For such a spare and slender book... Manguso packs in a lot of ideas, not only about motherhood and the writing life, but also about the hubris of youth and the contemplation of one's own mortality that comes with age.

Ongoingness may not have the same level of detail as her previous books—the physical symptoms of an illness or the intimate conversations with a now-dead friend—but it has the same kind of building impact.

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Publisher: Graywolf Press (March 03, 2015)

Collection: Graywolf Press

Language: English

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