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The Folded Clock: A Diary

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About the Author

Heidi Julavits is the author of two previous novels, The Mineral Palace and The Effect of Living Backwards, as well as a collaborative book, Hotel Andromeda, with the artist Jenny Gage. She is a founding editor of The Believer, and her writings have appeared in Esquire, Time, The New York Times, McSweeney's among other places. She lives in Manhattan and Maine.


"Exquisite. . . . A work so artful that it appears to be without artifice." --The New York Times Book Review "Playful, intimate, and deeply insightful. . . . What you can tell from this book is that [Julavits] is someone you truly want to know--even better than you already do from reading her diary." --Chicago Tribune "Scathingly funny. . . . An engaging portrait of a woman's sense of identity, which continually shape-shifts with time." --Los Angeles Times "[A] fascinating quasi-memoir. . . . The humor and the pathos of the book arise from [the] mismatch between the urgency of a decision in the moment and the awareness that always runs beneath it: that time will eventually make most things not matter." --The Washington Post "A profound meditation on the passing of time." --Entertainment Weekly "Cleverly crafted [and] thoughtfully entertaining. . . . Julavits's best book yet." --O, The Oprah Magazine "Poignant." --The Boston Globe "[Julavits] has a native's eye for the small, sometimes indiscernible quirks that define local behavior. . . . There is glorious slippage, just enough to see its author in the various stages of her life, adhering to the truth as she sees it." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "[Julavits] takes moments in time and blows them up with thought and introspection and tangential relations. She condenses them down into polished nuggets. . . . Her mind is so smart and delightful and open." --The Rumpus "I was utterly compelled by the big-hearted engine of rigor and wonder that drives them: her live electric mind." --Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams "Daring and inquisitive. . . . By probing deeply her interior and exterior environments, Julavits shows us our potential for expansion in all areas of our lives, even the most mundane." --Bustle "Hilarious. . . . The thrill is where Julavits takes us." --New York Post "Blur[s] the lines between contemplation and revelation, fact and fiction. . . . Julavits reveals a whole lot, in often-flawless prose, about motherhood, time, petty jealousies, grand debates, and the irresistible attractions of The Bachelorette." --Vulture "A comforting read." --Refinery29 "Irresistible and, at times, transcendent. . . . [Julavits is] like a mash-up of Lena Dunham and Kierkegaard. Which is to say, the book is at once raunchy, outrageous and funny, wistful, contemplative and smart." --Portland Press Herald "A joy to read. It's a treasure house of revealing stories, and a thought-provoking illustration of the way that everyday encounters . . . provoke kaleidoscopic and dramatic memories to unfold within us. . . . This is a book worth reading and re-reading." --Rebecca Curtis, author of Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love & Money "Intricate and delicately worked. . . . Julavits transforms her diary into an exceptional work of art." --BookPage "The Folded Clock is evidence of Julavits at her finest--an incisive and penetrating thinker, as exacting as she is forgiving in her observations about the self and the world." --Electric Lit

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