Episode 170 — Emily Rapp

   

Emily Rapp is the guest. Her new memoir, The Still Point of the Turning World, is now available from Penguin.

Cheryl Strayed says

The Still Point of the Turning World is about the smallest things and the biggest things, the ugliest things and the most beautiful things, the darkest things and the brightest things, but most of all it’s about one very important thing: the way a woman loves a boy who will soon die. Emily Rapp didn’t want to tell us this story. She had to. That necessity is evident in every word of this intelligent, ferocious, grace-filled, gritty, astonishing starlight of a book.

And Kirkus, in a starred review, calls it

A beautiful, searing exploration of the landscape of grief and a profound meditation on the meaning of life.

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