Starred Reviews for Winter Journal


You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.

So begins WINTER JOURNAL, the second memoir of Paul Auster, bestselling novelist and memoirist (SUNSET PARK, etc.). 

Thirty years after the publication of his first memoir (THE INVENTION OF SOLITUDE) Auster writes about his mother's life and death. WINTER JOURNAL is a highly personal meditation on the body, time, and memory, by one of our most intellectually elegant writers and it's getting great reviews.

"Auster is startlingly forthright, mischievously funny, and unfailingly enrapturing as he transforms intimate memories into a zestful inquiry into the mind-body connection and the haphazard forging of a self." -Booklist (starred review)

"This is the exquisitely wrought catalogue of a man’s history through his body." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A consummate professional explores the attic of his life, converting rumination to art." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Kirkus Reviews also conducted an interview with Auster. When asked "What's the most important thing you wanted to portray about yourself?" he responds (in part), "I think basically, what I’m trying to do, is to establish some kind of common humanity. With this particular book, the idea was just to throw myself out there so that people might see their own lives reflected in mine."

Read the rest of the interview here.

WINTER JOURNAL is available now from Holt.


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