Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage Review

The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love.

Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack?

Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers.

Title:Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage

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  • Elyse Walters

    I absolutely love Dani Shapiro more & more!!!The AUDIOBOOK- read by Dani was great company while packing for Canada - cleaning my home- walking - biking - packing again for Cancun - for this next get-...

  • Chris

    You know how they say books come into your life at the right time? This is one of those books. Read over my 50th birthday weekend, Shapiro delivers an sharp, honest, and powerful memoir that I didn't ...

  • Julie Christine

    Once begun, impossible to set aside. This delicate, graceful meditation on marriage is slim enough to read in one sitting, but it is Dani Shapiro's words and music that held me fast. She writes of the...

  • Haley Sherif

    If you'd like to be transported in time, read this. If you'd like to feel how tender your life truly is, read this. If you're a lover of words, of the glint in his or her eye, in the way that thing ha...

  • Lisa

    A reflective memoir about "time, memory, marriage." Shapiro's writing is a marvel....

  • Elizabeth A

    My second book for Non-fiction November 2018."Years vanish. Months collapse. Time is like a tall building made of playing cards. It seems orderly until a strong gust of wind comes along and blows the ...

  • Jana

    I know this couldn't have been easy to write, but she makes it seem as if we're just listening to her think. And I mean this as high praise. The story flows back and forth in time and place. And she s...

  • Sian Lile-Pastore

    I loved this so much! It's so beautiful. It's a memoir about marriage, about starting out and feeling you're at the beginning and then being married for twenty years and realising you are in the middl...

  • Julie Ehlers

    Our recollections alter as we attempt to gather them.... If retrospect is an illusion, then why not attempt to tell the story as I'm inside of it? Which is to say: before the story has become a story?...

  • Jennifer

    There was a lot of food for thought in this slim narrative. What makes a marriage work? Who are we in relation to our past? I really enjoyed reading this even though it meanders and jumps around and b...