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The Folded Clock: A Diary
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When Heidi Julavits rediscovered her childhood diaries, she hoped to find in them proof that she was always destined to be a writer. Instead, oThe actual diaries revealed me to possess the mind of a phobic tax auditor.o The entries are daily chronicles of anxieties about grades, looks, boys, and popularity. More alarmingly, Julavits realized that what she wanted then and now has scarcely changed. Thus was born a desire to try again, to chronicle her daily life as a forty-something woman, wife, mother, and writer. In The Folded Clock, the diary form becomes a meditation on time and self, youth and aging, betrayal and loyalty, friendship and romance, faith and fate, marriage and family, desire and death, gossip and secrets, art and ambition. Concealed beneath the minute obsession with the day-to-day are sharply observed moments of cultural criticism, emotionally driven philosophical queries, and shocking candor, as the focus shifts from the woman Julavits wants to be to the woman she may have become. A tour de force by one of the most gifted prose stylists in American letters, The Folded Clock explodes the typically confessional diary form with humor, honesty, and searing intelligence.
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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.

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-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 "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 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 compelledby the big-hearted engine of rigor and wonder that drives them: her live electric mind. Leslie Jamison, author ofThe 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 Ajoy to read. It sa 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 ofTwenty 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 " 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 compelledby 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 " Ajoy to read. It sa 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 " From the front page of the "New York Times Book Review" [E]xquisite.... This diary is a diary in the way that Thomas De Quincey s "Confessions of an English Opium Eater "is a confession, or that Daniel Defoe s" A Journal of the Plague Year "is a journal, or that Sei Shonagon s "Pillow Book "is a pillow book.... [W]itty, sly, critical, inventive and adventurous.... Her prose, like [E.B.] White s, is especially liquid, and her sentences are unimpeachable.... ""[A] work so artful that it appears to be without artifice. This diary is a record of the interior weather of an adept thinker. In it, the mundane is rendered extraordinary through the alchemy of effortless prose. It is a work in which a self is both lost and found, but above all made. Eula Biss [S]cathingly funny.... [O]ddly exhilarating.... Julavits, as we know from her inventive novels...is a pro at spinning stories. " Los Angeles Times " [P]oignant.... [P]rofound. " Boston Globe " "[A] cleverly crafted, thoughtfully entertaining series ofmeditations on personhood and culture.... complex and captivating...." Lydia Millet, "O Magazine " "[A]t once artful, concise, and forthcoming.... Like E.B. White or David Foster Wallace before her, Julavits might be ashamed of her little vanities and obsessions...but that doesn't prevent her from laying them bare without sugarcoating a thing.... [T]here's not a single uninteresting anecdote or scrap of flabby prose throughout." Heather Havrilesky, Barnes & Noble "[A] profound meditation on the passing of time." "Entertainment Weekly" " [G]lorious. "Minneapolis Star Tribune " [F]resh.... [P]itch-perfect.... Julavits manages to steer her philosophizing clear of triteness or pretension. " " " Bustle " [I]ntricate and delicately worked.... The magic of "The Folded Clock "is the way it recaptures time, slowing and bending it, to create something new.... [A]n exceptional work of art. " BookPage " [B]lur[s] the lines between contemplation and revelation, fact and fiction.... Julavits takes the novel approach of reinventing the form of the diary.... Julavits reveals a whole lot, in often-flawless prose, about motherhood, time, petty jealousies, grand debates, and the irresistible attractions of"The Bachelorette." "New York Magazine" s 8 Books You Need to Read This April One of Refinery29's "30 Books to ReadThis Spring" Reflections on being and becoming Some entries are slyly funny, gossipy and irreverent; others, quietly intimate An inventive, beautifully crafted memoir, wise and insightful. "Kirkus Reviews "(Starred) "Display[s] both charm and stark honesty... The diary angle makes for a clever hook, but masks what this really is a compelling collection of intimate, untitled personal essays that reveal one woman's ever-evolving soul." " Publishers Weekly" "What can I tell you about reading Heidi Julavits diary? I almost missed my subway stop because I got so engrossed by her description of waiting at a subway stop. These meditations shimmer like creatures, always feeling for the next surprise. They are ruthlessly attentive to particulars but always sniffing after bigger questions the biggest and 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" "The Folded Clock" is a joy to read. It s a treasure house of revealing stories, and a thought-provoking illustration of the way that everyday encounters with weather, landscapes, knick knacks and civilians provoke kaleidoscopic and dramatic memories to unfold within us. They illustrate the way the past connects to and colors the present within all our lives. Heidi's great empathy for all she encounters whether inanimate objects like old houses, antique beds and abandoned Rolodexes or animate ones such as neighbors, dinner guests and lovers and her keen intelligence and wild imagination turn a 'normal' life into an extraordinary one, full of drama, mystery, fierce affections, illicit love affairs, terrible and wonderful secrets. Heidi s reflections on female desire and friendship are gripping.This is a book worth reading and re-reading. Rebecca Curtis, author of "Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love & Money" "From the Hardcover edition.""

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