Devotion

A Memoir

Title Details

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 11/01/2012

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3986-3

List Price: $24.95

Devotion

A Memoir

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To Miriam Levine, "devotion" implies love and self-creation; to her mother's generation, it meant martyrdom and self-denial. The domain of this memoir is the interval between those attitudes. Devotion is the expression of a sensibility that trusts the physical-a facet of women's existence that is at once ennobling and primary, transcendent and spiritual. Affirming her deep connection to people, Levine draws from a rich expanse of memories, misgivings, epiphanies, and associations to tell of the adventures and dangers of her emergence as a woman writer.
Graceful tales that make ordinary life extraordinary . . . made of sentences so nearly perfect that they take your breath away.

—Boston Sunday Globe

Creates a gallery of portraits with ghostly vision, guts, and candor . . . Devotion is a splendid book-it will not only make you embrace the author and her family, warts and all, but will awaken and redeem your own memories.

—Jewish Community News

Devotion is a compelling coming-of-age story. It enfolds the reader just as a good novel does. In her absorbing memoir, Miriam Levine has also written the intellectual and artistic history of a woman. There is a natural assumption in her book that the materials of a woman's life count, matter-and are as representative of American life and thoughts as a man's. Devotion belongs, with Wordsworth's Prelude, to those works of personal history which document 'the growth of the poet's mind.' The mind, this time, belongs to a woman.

—Patricia Hampl

About the Author/Editor

MIRIAM LEVINE is the author of four poetry collections, most recently The Dark Opens, winner of the 2007 Autumn House Poetry Prize. She is also the author of a novel, In Paterson, and A Guide to Writers' Homes in New England.