WINNER OF SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL PRIZES: Can You Tolerate This? was the 2017 surprise winner of Yale University’s lucrative Windham-Campbell Prize in Nonfiction, joining recipients such as Teju Cole, Geoff Dyer, Tessa Hadley, and Hilton Als. The collection has also won the Ockham New Zealand Book Award, the equivalent of our National Book Award.
GLOWING HARDCOVER RECEPTION: A New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice,”Can You Tolerate This? has been greeted with raptorous praise everywhere from Vogue to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (“[Young sees to the marrow of our humanity with a kind of MRI vision”) to Refinery 29 (“There’s no topic that Ashleigh Young can’t render brilliantly”), among many others.
ADDICTIVE, CAPTIVATING VOICE: Sometimes melancholy, often funny, always sharply observant, Can You Tolerate This? may remind readers of both Annie Dillard’s An American Childhood and Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem, as Young evokes the strangeness of her own childhood while finding unexpected connection with stories from the wider world.
A FRESH VOICE FOR ESSAY FANS: We are in a golden age of personal essays by women. Young’s work will appeal to readers who have flocked to the writing of Roxane Gay, Maggie Nelson, Meghan Daum, yet her work is entirely her own: subtle rather than declarative, she leads the reader through her world with the suggestive assurance of a fiction writer.
Praise for Can You Tolerate This?:
“A lovely, profound debut that spins metaphors of its own creation and the segmented identity of the essayist, that self-regarding self.”—Alice Bolin, New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“Wry, confessional, understated and often hilarious…Young, like the best essayists, writes with humorous self-regard about her own lived small moments, which reveal as much about us as they do about her…making even a foreign place feel like home.” - Washington Post
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