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Sarah Manguso

Author of Ongoingness: The End of a Diary

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Works by Sarah Manguso

Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (2015) — Author — 282 copies, 7 reviews
The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir (2008) 215 copies, 9 reviews
Very Cold People (2022) 214 copies, 10 reviews
300 Arguments: Essays (2017) — Author — 174 copies, 6 reviews
The Guardians: An Elegy (2012) 81 copies, 4 reviews
The Captain Lands in Paradise: Poems (2002) 41 copies, 1 review
Siste Viator (2006) 39 copies, 1 review
Liars (2024) 20 copies, 1 review

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Contributor — 631 copies, 3 reviews
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 223 copies
The Best American Poetry 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 183 copies, 1 review
The Best American Poetry 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 177 copies
McSweeney's Issue 28 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2008) — Contributor — 170 copies, 6 reviews
McSweeney's Issue 42 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern): Multiples (2013) — Translator/Contributor — 63 copies, 2 reviews
Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories about Ordinary Things (2012) — Contributor — 57 copies, 1 review
McSweeney's Issue 50 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2017) — Contributor — 54 copies, 3 reviews


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Manguso, Sarah
Legal name
Manguso, Sarah
P.J. Mark (Janklow & Nesbit Associates)



[b:Very Cold People|58082210|Very Cold People|Sarah Manguso|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1637603379l/58082210._SY75_.jpg|81125603] is a novel by [a:Sarah Manguso|52289|Sarah Manguso|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1631212603p2/52289.jpg] which describes the tormented New England childhood of a youngster told in first person vignettes in a deadpan style. She is the only child of unloving, somewhat odd parents. Her suffering is revealed in her behavioral peculiarities (not eating, pulling out her eyelashes, peeling fingernails, silences). Her parents respond unexpectedly, sometimes cruelly, yet they throw birthday parties for her and she enjoys swimming, skating, piano lessons and acting in the school play. Despite their penuriousness and devotion to thrift shops, they live in a nice house with "three porches and a balcony" in a good neighborhood. Various childhood traumas with the narrator's friends are described and make up a thread common to many of us stumbling through adolescence. An undercurrent of sexual assault runs through the story, her mother, her cousin, her own encounters on the subway, in the hospital where she spends time in therapy. "My mother had borne my loathing for years like someone wrongly accused, quietly serving her unearned sentence knowing that she would someday be free, but not yet" yet she raises a child of her own decades later "who has grown up knowing ordinary love." The writing is good and the characters are well described although I had trouble tracking her friends. I particularly enjoyed her fantasies about the house's prior occupant and her love interests. I wouldn't go through adolescence again for anything. [a:Sarah Manguso|52289|Sarah Manguso|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1631212603p2/52289.jpg] has produced an apt story of the tribulations of growing up.… (more)
featherbooks | 9 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
a hard book to classify as to genre. I like everything I've read of the author and am reminded of poems of [a:Don Paterson|113418|Don Paterson|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1427367967p2/113418.jpg] or [a:Heidi Julavits|36120|Heidi Julavits|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1327126031p2/36120.jpg] The Folded Clock (diaries) or books of aphorisms. She explores the world with a discerning eye.
featherbooks | 6 other reviews | May 7, 2024 |
Manguso’s slim volume of precise prose reads like autofiction as she dispassionately describes the end of her fifteen-year marriage to John who’s cheating. “When you’re a liar, you always know something that other people don’t know. Maybe lying to me made John feel extra smart.”
But no one gets off the hook as the narrator admits: “I remember how desperately I had to cling to the story of my happy marriage. It took effort. It felt so good to stop lying,” hence the title. Her reactions are visceral and compounded by the questions her young son asks.
I welcome another Manguso.

My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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featherbooks | May 7, 2024 |
a lovely essay on memory and writing.
monicaberger | 6 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |



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