Essayist Phyllis Theroux has long captivated readers with her pitch-perfect rendering of the inner lives of American women. The Journal Keeper is a memoir of six years in her life.
A natural storyteller, Theroux slips her arm companionably into yours, like an old friend going for a stroll. But Therouxs stride is long, her eye sharp, and she swings easily between subjects that occupy us all: love, loneliness, growing old, financial worries, spiritual growth, and watching her remarkable mother prepare for death.
Theroux began to keep a journal when she was in distress. It saved her life by helping her to see circumstances more clearly. With nuggets of wisdom, The Journal Keeper is a rich feast from a writing lifewith a surprising romantic twist. But it was not until Theroux sat down to edit her journals for publication did she realize, in her words, that a hand much larger and more knowing than my own was guiding my life and pen across the page. She makes a good case for this being true for us all.
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"A journal that may grace enough night tables to assuage the author's avowed concerns about her bank balance." - Kirkus Reviews
"I loved this singularly honest and graceful book. The Journal Keeper reminds us that there is no such thing as an ordinary moment, and certainly no such thing as an ordinary life." - Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love
"In lovely, straightforward prose, Theroux speaks honestly about the quotidian and miraculous aspects of loss and new chances. Its all herebirths, deaths, and marriagesand the reader is invited into the intimacies of a world that is both familiar and full of surprises." - Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Olive Kitteridge
"Open-hearted, honest, honorable, brave, and utterly captivating. Read it youll love it, and her, and your own newly promising future." - Judith Viorst, best-selling author of Necessary Losses
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Phyllis Theroux's books include a memoir; several essay collections; a novella, Giovanni's Light; and an anthology, The Book of Eulogies. She lives in Ashland, Virginia. Visit her at her website, The Writer's Well: A Place for Inspiration (which includes a 5 minute video about The Journal Keeper - which aptly portrays the nature of the book but also includes many 'plot spoilers'). Read an excerpt here.
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