Time, Memory, Marriage

eBook - 2017
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The novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, over time, of both sorrow and love. Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience. With courage and relentless honesty, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, her marriage, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? How do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, find grace in the ordinary, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, poetry, philosophy, and theology, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780451494498
Branch Call Number: EBOOK TEXT
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: OverDrive


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ArapahoeKati May 21, 2018

A beautifully written memoir about a marriage and how life experiences change us.

Jan 03, 2018

Some people are writers because they love to hear the sound of their own voice, I suspect. I suspect this is one of those writers. Not to say the author isn't an amazing writer, very beautiful with the sentences and words and all, but when you have no better material than tripping (but not falling) while walking across the street, perhaps memoir isn't the best venue.

Opening with the big excitement of the author's husband shooting a woodpecker should have warned me. Her husband wrote in a war zone. She writes about the "war zone" in her marital history that makes my marital history seem like a nuclear meltdown. Seriously - being married three times isn't a big deal. My husband was married three times and nobody wants to hear him talk about shooting rabid raccoons at the elementary school when he was a cop.

Okay, maybe they want to hear about that, but they don't want to hear about his divorces unless he's sharing the hilarity of what it's like to be married to certified crazy/alcoholic women who run off at rest stops with strangers. Which is so much more than ever happens in this memoir. And why, if I heard this woman sharing her stories at a Starbucks, I'd roll my eyes and find another table far, far away.

Dec 03, 2017


ArapahoeAnnaL May 18, 2017

Through telling anecdotes of family, friends, and work the author re-creates and ponders, for herself and for us, 52 years of life. Because she evokes, rather than directly expresses, her emotions I only slowly realized what an emotionally rich life she reveals. We are in expert hands; she has written three other memoirs, five novels, and numerous articles for prestigious magazines and newspapers.


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