Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Not Now, Voyager

Ever since the explorations of Marco Polo, a lively dialogue has persisted about the pros and cons of travel--its excitement and novelties, its perils and misadventures. With Not Now, Voyager,, Lynne Sharon Schwartz joins that dialogue. Her memoir raises both serious and amusing questions about travel, using her own experiences in Rome, Hawaii, St. Louis, and other places as vivid illustrations.

Not Now, Voyager takes the reader on a voyage of self-discovery, as the author traces how travel has shaped her sensibilities from childhood, when she longed for exotic places, through adulthood, when anxiety almost conquers curiosity. In the telling, Schwartz's personal history takes on new shapes, and her feelings about travel change as she shows who she started out as and who she has become. Above all, this memoir exemplifies a mode of travel in itself: the mind on a journey or quest, pausing here and there, sometimes by design, sometimes by serendipity, lingering, occasionally backtracking, but always on the move.

"Charmingly idiosyncratic." Kirkus Reviews

Selected Works

Poetry
A second collection that goes beyond the first in its range of emotion, form, and content. Critics call See You in the Dark "a delightful repository of sly and wise poems."
Memoir
Part memoir, part exploration of the idea of travel, this peripatetic book asks what travelers are seeking, what they are fleeing, and what they find. A contrarian view, both serious and whimsical.
A memoir that explores what the habit of reading means and how it can shape a life.
Anthology
Selection of interviews with and essays on the late writer, W.G. Sebald
Novel
A precocious adolescent finds unusual ways to escape Brooklyn conformity and explore the wider world.
A rich tapestry of tragic loss and the complicated struggle to find a path through darkness.
"The first fiction to weave the shock of 9/11 into ordinary lives... Worth a thousand pictures."
--Dan Wakefield
"Schwartz takes deadly aim at contemporary mores in this hilarious comedy of manners." Chicago Tribune
Short stories
"No one reads us better than Lynne Sharon Schwartz. Her precise, unflinching stories discover meaning in our pain." Frederick Busch
Children's book
This classic children's book retells the Passover story. With beautiful original paintings by Ori Sherman.

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