AUDIENCE: For readers of genre-defying memoirs like Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries, Leslie Jamison’s The Recovering, Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply, and Rachel Cusk’s A Life’s Work.
RELEVANT THEMES: This memoir weaves together two strands: illness and motherhood. These strands, as only Harriet can tell them, will deeply move anyone who’s experienced either. This is also a coming-of-age story and it could appeal to parents and caregivers.
DEEPLY PERSONAL: Told through intimate narrative, snapshots of family life, and raw observations about treament and hospitalization. Harriet regularly shares aspects of her writing and personal life on Twitter. She is also adept at speaking to her experience of illness: she is involved with many local and national cancer charities.
IMPRESSIVE DEBUT: Lye’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Honey Farm, was published in 2018 in Canada (Nimbus), the US (Liveright), and Australia (Penguin Random House). Publishers Weekly described her writing as “achingly lyrical.”
FUTURE BOOKS: Like Rachel Cusk, Olivia Laing, and Heidi Julavits, Harriet Alida Lye has the talent and ability to write both acclaimed fiction and deeply instrospective nonfiction. We see her as a writer with a bright career ahead.
Advance praise for Harriet Alida Lye and Natural Killer:
“Never have I read a more moving book on the fragile filament of life, the bond between people who love one another and struggle to find the words to express that love. The words are here, so wise and specific and drawn from the inward part. Harriet Alida Lye has no truck with fantasy or faith or folderol. She is a star witness to the bloom of life that surrounds death, and her work demands access to our unsentimental hearts.” —Michael Winter, author of Into the Blizzard
“Natural Killer is less a cancer memoir (though it is that) as a wise and heart-affirming reflection on the ties that bind us to one another: on motherhood but also daughterhood, control and surrender, and the body’s limit experiences. Harriet Alida Lye brilliantly weaves her materials together, from firsthand memories to medical records, scenes of the body ravaged and scenes of the body creating, in a truly original work of autobiography.” —Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse
“Harriet Alida Lye takes the enormous cruelty of indiscriminate disease and creates something truly beautiful and deeply moving. A book about the terror of death that is brimming with the warmth and vibrancy of life.” —Stacey May Fowles, author of Baseball Life Advice
“What a rare thing to read a book that makes you pause in reflection on nearly every page. Natural Killer is a remarkable story of an inspiring family that is both heartbreaking and hopeful. Alida Lye’s writing, intimate and subtle, asks profound questions about life, death, hope and trust that made me grateful to have spent time in her beautiful mind. This work, crafted so thoughtfully, will stay with me for a very long time.” —Ashley Audrain, author of The Push
“In this generous book, Harriet Alida Lye opens up her life—and her body—to us. She guides us through the peaks and nadirs of human experience with her sensuous prose, her keen eye for the beauty that exists even in the terrible moments, and, above all, her boundless, fierce love.” —Anna Maxymiw, author of Dirty Work
“Everything about this book is exceptional: the writing, the potency of its images, the portrayal of two lives linked across time, the writer herself. I cannot recommend this enough.” —Nafkote Tamirat, author of The Parking Lot Attendant
“Gorgeous, brutal, a meteorite of a book. Natural Killer holds the sheer force and radical beauty of the miracle it depicts. Harriet Alida Lye was supposed to die at fifteen and did not. She then went on to become a mother. Looking into the dark centre of love, death and new life, Lye writes with the wisdom and measure of a young Didion. To read this memoir is to be changed by it.” —Claudia Dey, author of Heartbreaker and Stunt
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