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CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Searcy’s previous book, Shame and Wonder: Essays, was met with glowing reviews (“A work of genius”—Ben Fountain; “I will keep thinking about the inquisitive intelligence of this book for the rest of my life”—Leslie Jamieson) and cemented his shift from a literary horror writer to an essayist, nearly a decade later. In the five years since we published Shame and Wonder, Searcy has experienced immense loss and transformation, and this book is suffused with the resulting pain, introspection, and hope.
UNIQUE LITERARY TALENT: Searcy’s astonishing writing combines entrancing personal musings with philosophical meditations that recall Sebald, Barthes, and Benjamin to create a swirling, meditative narrative that is difficult to put down.
WIDELY PUBLISHED: Searcy’s writing has been published in a variety of top publications, including the Paris Review, Esquire, Granta, the New York Times, Harper’s, Poets & Writers, Freeman’s, The Oxford American, Texas Monthly, D Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. The Tiny Bee features Searcy’s never-before published writing on memory, grief, and the small moments that make up a life.
AUTHOR BACKSTORY: David Searcy published two literary horror novels in the early aughts and didn’t return to writing for more than a decade—until he was nearly 70 years old. When he did, his efforts were met with critical acclaim for his unique and inquisitive mind.
Praise for David Searcy
“Searcy is drawn instinctively to moments, the way parcels of time expand and contract in memory, conjuring from ordinary experience a hidden sense of all that is extraordinary in the world, in being alive.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Everywhere, David Searcy finds the strange and marvelous in careful examination of the quotidian.”—NPR
“Once you step inside David Searcy’s sentences, you will not want to leave: artful, Sebald-like, they are as far-reaching as the telescope he hauled out one autumn night in Texas when he showed me the moon…. If you have a soul, you will love this book and Searcy’s writing.”—LitHub
“Searcy probes moments that pulse with secret electricity…. I will keep thinking about the inquisitive intelligence of this book for the rest of my life.”—Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams