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Hourglass - Time, Memory, Marriage

Dani Shapiro

The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers. From the Hardcover edition.

The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers. From the Hardcover edition.
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The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence. Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

3h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:52


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:19


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:32