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Pitch Darkby Renata Adler
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"What’s new. What else. What next. What’s happened here."
Pitch Dark, Renata Adler's follow up to her prize winning book Speedboat, is a book of questions. It is also a book of false starts, red herrings, misunderstandings, and all-too-fleeting revelations. Kate Ennis is poised at a critical moment in her affair with a married lover, and moments (conversations, things unsaid, misunderstandings) of that fraught relationship reverberate throughout the novel, following Kate from her house in rural Connecticut and her New York City brownstone apartment, to a small island off the coast of Washington, and to an utterly dark road in a remote corner of Ireland. Told in Adler’s celebrated fragmented style, and constructed from the bare bones language of everyday life, Pitch Dark transcends its parts to come to the kind of wisdom achievable only after a relentless quest.
This new edition of Pitch Dark will include an interview between Renata Adler and Guy Trebay discussing the genesis and composition of the book.
“Renata Adler has succeeded with Kate in creating a character worth the trouble of writing and reading about, because of Kate's lively ideas, her intelligent opinions, her funny narrative style and her wonderful access to her own honesty. We feel for her plight, her broken heart, her love story.” —Muriel Spark, The New York Times
“What’s new. What else. What next. What’s happened here.”
Pitch Dark is a book about love. Kate Ennis is poised at a critical moment in an affair with a married man. The complications and contradictions pursue her from a house in rural Connecticut to a brownstone apartment in New York City, to a small island off the coast of Washington, to a pitch black night in backcountry Ireland.
Composed in the style of Renata Adler’s celebrated novel Speedboat and displaying her keen journalist’s eye and mastery of language, both simple and sublime, Pitch Dark is a bold and astonishing work of art.
About the Author
Renata Adler is an American journalist, critic, and novelist. Born in 1938 in Milan and raised in Connecticut, she was educated at Bryn Mawr, Harvard, the Sorbonne, and Yale Law School. Adler began her writing career at The New Yorker in 1962 and, except for a year spent as the chief film critic for The New York Times (1968–69), remained on staff there for the next four decades. Her essay collections include A Year in the Dark and Toward a Radical Middle, both from 1969; Reckless Disregard: Westmoreland v. CBS et al., Sharon v. Time (1986); and Canaries in the Mineshaft (2001). Her 1976 novel Speedboat won the Ernest Hemingway Award for Best First Novel; in 1983 it was followed by Pitch Dark.
Guy Trebay writes on fashion and style for The New York Times. He was previously a columnist and senior editor at The Village Voice, and has written for The New Yorker, Vibe, Condé Nast Traveler, Harper's, Esquire, Vogue and other major publications. His books include In The Place To Be: Guy Trebay's New York and Runway, with photography by Larry Fink.
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