The Faraway Nearby

The Faraway Nearby Review

In this new book by the author of A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit explores the ways we make our lives out of stories, and how we are connected by empathy, by narrative, by imagination. In the course of unpacking some of her own stories—of her mother and her decline from memory loss, of a trip to Iceland, of an illness—Solnit revisits fairytales and entertains other stories: about arctic explorers, Che Guevara among the leper colonies, and Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein, about warmth and coldness, pain and kindness, decay and transformation, making art and making self. Woven together, these stories create a map which charts the boundaries and territories of storytelling, reframing who each of us is and how we might tell our story.

Title:The Faraway Nearby
Edition Language:English

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  • Dolors

    Stories weave us together.What are memories but the stories we tell ourselves about our lives?If we really listen to what others have to say, we leave aside the self-centered cocoon of our beings to v...

  • Rowena

    “That vast pile of apricots included underripe, ripening, and rotting fruit. The range of stories I can tell about my mother include some of each too….There are other stories, not yet ripe, that I...

  • Michael

    A wide-ranging meditation on illness, empathy, and art, The Faraway Nearby muses about what it means to transform a barren relationship and find authentic connection. At the core of the memoir is Soln...

  • Debbie

    3.5 insistent starsThis author had me eating out of the palm of her hand until she changed the treat to cilantro. Grimacing from the soap taste, I ran to load dirty dishes into the dishwasher, which, ...

  • Cheryl

    "Surviving the horrific is likewise often done by shutting down sensation, by becoming numb to one's own pain…you erected a wall between yourself and annihilation or horror and sometimes it then wa...

  • Jan-Maat

    Everything changes.Rebecca Solnit tells us that the essence of Zen Buddhism was once expressed as "Everything changes". In the context of the story that she tells, the narrative that she tugs out out ...

  • Suzanne

    I loved this massive quilt of patchwork essays embroidered with new words, derivations, original ideas, folk lore, stories, and personal truths which are spun by Rebecca Solnit, an author who I have n...

  • Julie Christine

    "Time itself is our tragedy," Rebecca Solnit writes in The Faraway Nearby , "and most of us are fighting some kind of war against it."A bounty of apricots slowly decays on Rebecca Solnit’s bedroom ...

  • Kelly

    I loved the first few chapters, I did not love the middle and was ready to give up, then I figured out the whole thing and the last two chapters and also "unwound" were great. I think this would have ...

  • Francesca Marciano

    It's now official: I am in love with Rebecca Solnit. I love the way she connects things, her brilliant associations are like a bird flight over a vast, encompassing landscape. She will take you from a...