The Light Room

    Kate Zambreno

    The Light Room


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"Kate Zambreno has invented a new form. It is a kind of absolute present, real life captured in closeup." -Annie Ernaux, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 

From "one of our most formally ambitious writers" (Esquire), a moving account of caretaking in a time of uncertainty and loss.


In The Light Room, Zambreno offers her most profound and affecting work yet: a candid chronicle of life as a mother of two young daughters in a moment of profound uncertainty about public health, climate change, and the future we can expect for our children. Moving through the seasons, returning often to parks and green spaces, Zambreno captures the isolation and exhaustion of being home with a baby and a small child, but also small and transcendent moments of beauty and joy. Inspired by writers and artists ranging from Natalia Ginzburg to Joseph Cornell, Yuko Tsushima to Bernadette Mayer, Etel Adnan to David Wojnarowicz, The Light Room represents an impassioned appreciation of community and the commons, and an ecstatic engagement with the living world.

How will our memories, and our children's, be affected by this time of profound disconnection? What does it mean to bring new life, and new work, into this moment of precarity and crisis? In The Light Room, Kate Zambreno offers a vision of how to live in ways that move away from disenchantment, and toward light and possibility.

Format/pages: hardback / 246 pages

ISBN: 9780593421062

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Year: 2023



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