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Summer Reading 2018: Autobiography of Red

All the book choices for Summer Reading 2018. Have questions? Ask Sarah, Katie or Hilda

Here's why Rebecca suggests Autobiography of Red...

Omgggg, the first time I read Autobiography of Red, I read it 3 times over in one week. It's lyrical, readable, genre-defying, and (to me as someone who likes to think about writing) very liberating.

About the book

Autobiography of Red 

by Anne Carson

The award-winning poet reinvents a genre in a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.

Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is. --Goodreads.com

"A profound love story . . . sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender." --The New York Times Book Review

"A deeply odd and immensely engaging book. . . . [Carson] exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday." --The Village Voice

About the reader

 Rebecca Thurber, Front Office

This is Rebecca's first summer read recommendation!