Afterglow (a Dog Memoir) (Hardcover)

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The loss of a dog sows a particular breed of grief in the heart, one that never completely fades. Countless authors have expressed this sorrow, but few in such an experimental, poetic manner as Eileen Myles. This is not your average dog book, but they are not an average writer. Their prose is free from the constrictions of punctuation, capitalization, and cliché. This is not just a book about the life and death of a pit bull; it's about god (dog), humanity, and how language can (and cannot) capture the essence of, well, any of it. It's a wild ride. Come along, dog lovers. Come along. -Liz

— From Fall Booknotes 2017


Prolific and widely renowned, Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work "set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match" (New York Review of Books). This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie.

In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly became central to the writer's life and work. During the course of their sixteen years together, Myles was madly devoted to the dog's wellbeing, especially in her final days. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie's death, Afterglow (a dog memoir) launches a heartfelt and fabulist investigation into the true nature of the bond between pet and pet-owner. Through this lens, we witness Myles's experiences with intimacy and spirituality, celebrity and politics, alcoholism and recovery, fathers and family history, as well as the fantastical myths we spin to get to the heart of grief.

Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles's childhood puppet to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull, from lyrical transcriptions of their walks to Rosie's enlightened narration from the afterlife, Afterglow (a dog memoir) illuminates all that it can mean when we dedicate our existence to a dog.

About the Author

Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books, including Chelsea Girls and, most recently I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975-2014. Myles's many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Art Writers' Grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Art Writing, and the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America. Myles teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa, TX and New York City.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780802127099
ISBN-10: 0802127096
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 224
Language: English