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The Folded Clock: A Diary (Hardcover)

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“In the tradition of diaries, The Folded Clock is brazenly confessional, necessarily self-involved, occasionally rambling, and steeped in nostalgia for the struggles of the past.  These intimidatingly brilliant vignettes describe, through perpetual inquisitiveness and an obsession with culture on every scale, a woman searching through her life for evidence that she has lived it.  This extraordinary diary weaves accidental but irrefutable aphorisms out of mundanity and imprecisely but perfectly encapsulates the examined human experience.”

— Steven W.


Like many young people, Heidi Julavits kept a diary. Decades later she found her old diaries in a storage bin, and hoped to discover the early evidence of the person (and writer) she'd since become. Instead, "The actual diaries revealed me to possess the mind of a paranoid tax auditor."
Thus was born a desire to try again, to chronicle her daily life as a fortysomething woman, wife, mother, and writer. The dazzling result is The Folded Clock, in which the diary form becomes a meditation on time and self, youth and aging, betrayal and loyalty, friendship and romance, faith and fate, marriage and family, desire and death, gossip and secrets, art and ambition.
The Folded Clock is as playful as it is brilliant, a tour de force by one of the most gifted prose stylists in American letters.

About the Author

Heidi Julavits is the author of four critically acclaimed novels (The Vanishers, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace) and co-editor, with Sheila Heti and Leanne Shapton, of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes. Her fiction has appeared in Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, and The Best American Short Stories, among other places. She's a founding editor of The Believer magazine and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Manhattan, where she teaches at Columbia University. She was born and raised in Portland, Maine.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385538985
ISBN-10: 0385538987
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English