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Macmillan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG) Fall 2018

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A Scattering and Anniversary
By (author): Christopher Reid
9780374538088 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh Oct 09, 2018
$19.00 CAD
Active 5.54 x 8.29 x 0.22 in | 120 gr 96 pages Farrar Straus & Giroux Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year 2017, Long-listed

An exploration of love and loss by the renowned Costa Award–winning poet

You lived at such speed that the ballpoint script
running aslant and fading
across the faded blue
can scarcely keep up. Many words are illegible. I miss
important steps. Your movements blur. I want to follow, but can’t.

A Scatteringis a book of lamentation and remembrance, its subject being Christopher Reid’s wife, the actress Lucinda Gane, who died of cancer at the age of fifty-five. First published in the UK in 2009 to wide acclaim, winning the Costa Book of the Year, this moving and fiercely self-reflective collection is divided into four poetic sequences. The first was written during a holiday a few months before Gane’s death with the knowledge that the end was approaching; the second recalls her last courageous weeks, spent in a hospice in London; the third continues the exploration of bereavement from a variety of perspectives; and the fourth addresses her directly, celebrating her life, personality, and achievements.

Paired for the first time withAnniversary, which was written to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Gane’s death,A Scattering and Anniversarybrings the poet into dialogue, again, with the wife he loved. A moving exploration of the stages of grief and how the “weighty emptinesses” that remain after bereavement change us,A Scattering and Anniversaryshows us what it means to love, lose, and—forever changed—continue on.

Christopher Reid is the author of many books of poems, includingA Scattering (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award) andThe Song of Lunch. From 1991 to 1999 he was the poetry editor at Faber and Faber, Ltd., where he worked with Ted Hughes on such books asTales from Ovid andBirthday Letters, and later editedLetters of Ted Hughes (FSG, 2007). He is now a freelance writer and lives in London.

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