A writer whose work we have been ‘missing,’ as it has been over a decade since her memoir, The Florist’s Daughter, acclaimed poet/nonfiction writer Patricia Hampl makes this welcome return with her surprising and wonderful new book, The Art of the Wasted Day (Viking). Wonder is at the heart of this heartfelt book.
“Vivid, passionate, bursting with ideas and insights, Patricia Hampl’s new book is a summation of a lifetime of sensitive searching and thinking. A love story, a meditation on death, travel, Americanness, Catholicism, integrity and Montaigne, this beautiful journey is finally about the education of a soul.” —Phillip Lopate.
“The art of Patricia Hampl is the art of a lyrical, contemplative self, a self as instrument attuned to the world’s vibrations. Through reflection and investigation, vignette and daydream, she roams centuries and continents in this book.” —Margo Jefferson.