2005 - The World Before Mirrors

by Joan Connor


"Joan Connor's essays are a survivor's psalms, a secular spirit's prayers played brilliantly in ragtime. She sees herself and all the rest of us—our yearnings, our secrets, our foibles—with such clarity her vision would be terrifying if it were not at once so kind, if her words were not so salty and sharp, her sentences so energetic and exhilarating."—Richard Hoffman author of Half the House: a Memoir

"With candor, bracing wit, and the kind of skewering insight that could kill if she let it, Joan Connor investigates love, sex, motherhood, family, and the ways they echo back through memory, sometimes to comfort and sometimes to bite. I am so engaged by her vital, verbally adventurous voice that I would follow her pretty much anywhere she wants to go."—Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After and Half a Heart

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