Wife | Daughter | Self

A new memoir by National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart

Wife | Daughter | Self is an exploration of the composite self—and the people we become in relationship to others. Married to a spectacular Salvadoran artist with fantastical stories of his youth, Kephart, in Wife, sets out to understand what makes love last. A near replica of her father—his face, his discipline, his crippling anxiety—Kephart, in Daughter, takes a journey with him into heartbreaking transitions—loss of spouse, loss of family home, loss of health—and emerges with deepened affection and respect. Finally, alone with a page and pen, Kephart, in Self, comes to terms with the person she wishes she had been and the person there might be room, still, to become. An interweave of deeply considered essays in which each piece speaks of and through the next, Wife | Daughter | Self is reminiscent of Patricia Hampl, Margaret Renkl, Joan Wickersham, and Terry Tempest Williams in style and approach. 


Beth Kephart
Forest Avenue Press
Publication Date: Feb. 11, 2021
Trade Paper: 6 x 9
Cover price: $16.95 TP; $9.99 ebook
Distribution: Publishers Group West
Audio rights: Sold to Blackstone Publishing


Beth Kephart is a National Book Award finalist, a Pew fellowship winner, an NEA grant winner, and the multi-genre author of two-dozen books that often appear on “best of” lists. She is an award-winning teacher at the University of Pennsylvania, co-founder of Juncture Workshops, and a widely published essayist and critic who has written extensively about memoir and traveled the country giving workshops. Essays, some of them included in this book, have appeared, or soon will appear, in Life magazine, Ninth Letter, The New York Times, North American Review, Salon, Catapult, LitHub, Brevity, The Millions, The Rumpus, andChicago Tribune. Beth and her husband, William Sulit, an artist, collaborate on picture books, middle grade novels, Juncture Workshops, and a series of memoir workbooks and illustrated journals. 

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