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Festival Days

Festival Days

Searing and exhilarating new work from the beloved, award-winning author of The Boys of My Youth and In Zanesville.

Since the publication of her groundbreaking collection, The Boys of My Youth, Jo Ann Beard has been heralded as a master of the autobiographical essay, a form that has recently gained popularity with the works of Leslie Jamison, Eula Biss, Esmé Weijun Wang, and Roxane Gay, among others.

Now, Beard returns with nine pieces in which she investigates love and betrayal, grief and survival in the precise, searingly personal language for which she is beloved.

In these genre-defying works, Beard captures both the quietly luminous moments of daily existence and those of life-and-death decision: a man jumps from a burning building to save his own life; a woman fights off a home invader with only a shovel; and in the title, novella-length story, the narrator examines issues of love and death, friendship and betrayal.

With exquisite language and unflinching observation, Festival Days captures the pain and exhilaration of our human experience, and shows a pioneering author at the pinnacle of her talent.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Literary

On Sale: March 16th 2021

Price: $13.99 / $17.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780316497213

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Reader Reviews


Praise for In Zanesville

"A fierce, funny, brave, and bracingly honest new novel... Every bit as poignant and powerful as The Catcher in the Rye."—Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
"An exuberant first novel....Beard has a knack for melding the funny and the sad, amplifying small moments into something big."
Susannah Meadows, New York Times
"Masterfully wrought...this novel is at times downright hilarious and often hold-your-breath-and-hope-for-the-best suspenseful. The restraint with which Beard deploys moments of tension and humor makes each page glimmer."
Samuel Reaves Slaton, O, The Oprah Magazine
Praise for The Boys of My Youth

"Beard remembers (or imagines) her childhood self with an uncanny lucidity that startles."—Laura Miller, New York Times Book Review
"Extraordinary...Beard is writing not with the romanticism of a girl looking up at the stars, but with the brilliant cold light of the stars looking down at us."
Ted Anton, Chicago Tribune
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