Lynne Sharon Schwartz

See You in the Dark

Poet Amy Gerstler says of Lynne Sharon Schwartz, "Her poetic voice has a lovely admixture of gravitas and glee in confronting human hungers, foibles, and ambivalences. Schwartz is whip smart, witty, stalwart, hopeful, multivalent, philosophical but never stuffy."

Sometimes people are surprised that after having written so much fiction and prose in general, I should suddenly come up with a book of poetry. But I've been writing poetry on and off since I was a teen-ager--not with the tenacity of "real" poets, but in spurts, when it comes to me. I'll take a year or so off from writing prose and devote it to poetry, and then it's over; the poems stop coming. The poems in See You in the Dark arrived, one after the other, a couple of years ago, and I'm glad they're finally in one place and I can hold them in my hand.

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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