Thursday, March 7, 7:30 PM
Sarah Manguso, author of The Guardians
Acclaimed Brooklyn author Sarah Manguso’s memoir The Guardians was named one of the top ten books of the 2012 by Salon; the Telegraph called it “an elegy for an entire generation.” Just released in paperback, The Guardians is a remembrance of Manguso’s friend Harris, written two years after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital and jumped under a Metro-North train. The narrative contemplates with unrelenting clarity their crowded post-college apartment, Manguso’s fellowship year in Rome, Harris’s death and the year that followed—the year of mourning and the year of Manguso’s marriage. As Harris is revealed both to the reader and to the narrator, the book becomes a monument to their intimacy and inability to express their love to each other properly, and to the reverberating effects of Harris’s presence in and absence from Manguso’s life.
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