The Gift (Emily Books) (Paperback)

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This novel, set in the very recent past, deliberately blurs the line between truth and fiction while exploring gift economies, artistic collaboration, and online communication. Intellectually, all those thing appeal to me, but the real reason to read this book is to spend time with Browning's generous and wonderful narrator. I'm happy I'll be carrying her voice around with me now.

— From Caitlin L. Staff Picks

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Praise for Barbara Browning:

"A provocative novel . . . that blurs the boundaries between life and performance, dance, art, and viral video."

"The Gift is a smart, funny, heartbreaking and often sexy delight of a novel that presses hard against the boundaries of where literary and artistic performances begin and end." --New York Times Sunday Book Review

Slate

"Deftly blending highbrow intellectual concerns with the informality of Facebook-era communiqu's, Browning's newest is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

In the midst of Occupy, Barbara Andersen begins spamming people indiscriminately with ukulele covers of sentimental songs. A series of inappropriate intimacies ensues, including an erotically charged correspondence and then collaboration with an extraordinarily gifted and troubled musician living in Germany.

Barbara Browning teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She is the author of the novels The Correspondence Artist (winner of a Lambda Literary Award) and I'm Trying to Reach You (short-listed for The Believer Book Award). She also makes dances, poems, and ukulele cover tunes.

About the Author


Barbara Browning teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She is the author of the novels The Correspondence Artist (winner of a Lambda Literary Award) and I'm Trying to Reach You (short-listed for The Believer Book Award). She also makes dances, poems, and ukulele cover tunes.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566894685
ISBN-10: 1566894689
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Emily Books