Lynne Sharon Schwartz

No Way Out But Through, Lynne's third collection of poetry--funnier and sadder than her first two collections! University of Pittsburgh Press Poetry Series.


Two-Part Inventions
Based on the life of a British classical pianist, Lynne's latest novel describes the life of a dedicated and ambitious musician whose manager-husband goes to extreme, even illegal, lengths to promote her career. How far will an artist go to win renown? Two-Part Inventions is the probing study of a pianist whose early promise is compromised by a series of dramatic and morally dubious acts.

See You in the Dark
Schwartz's second collection of poems goes beyond her first, In Solitary in its range of emotion, form, and content. Poet Amy Gerstler says, "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."

Not Now, Voyager
This idiosyncratic memoir takes the reader on a voyage of self-discovery, as the author traces how travel has shaped her sensibilities from childhood through adulthood. 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, the book illustrates a mode of travel in and of itself: the mind on a journey or quest, passing here and there, sometimes by design, sometimes by serendipity, lingering, occasionally backtracking, but always on the move.

The Emergence of Memory: Conversations With W.G. Sebald
Lynne Schwartz has collected and edited the most penetrating interviews with and essays on W.G. Sebald, to form an unusual portrait of the novelist. Sebald's work, meditative and brooding on history, first appeared in the US in 1996 and was immediately hailed by critics. He died in a car accident in 2001. Lynne Schwartz was one of his admirers and presents new aspects of him in these chosen interviews.

Leaving Brooklyn
Audrey is born with a wandering eye that alters the shapes of the actual world. Growing up in the sheltered atmosphere of postwar Brooklyn, she uses her double vision to create her own reality. Her quest to escape social and family pressures leads to an erotic encounter and an adult perspective.

Disturbances in the Field
Lydia Rowe is a chamber music pianist married to an artist. After some turbulent years, the hard-won harmony of their family life is shattered by a tragic event. Disturbances in the Field explores loss and broken faith, the disconnect between expectations and reality. What endures when everything is in flux?

The Writing on the Wall
"An intimate story of many kinds of love... in the emotionally unsettled days after September 11. New York City in all its variety is a character, and so is language, which... turns out... more capable of expressing our subtlest thoughts and feelings than we might have guessed."
--Rosellen Brown

Ruined by Reading
In this exploration of her lifelong reading habit, Schwartz interweaves her Brooklyn childhood with vivid memories of books that led to self-discovery. "All the reading I did as I child..., sitting on the bed while darkness fell around me, was an act of reclamation.... This was the way to make my life my own."

In the Family Way: an Urban Comedy
This intergenerational comedy, blending satire and sympathy, is "a small masterpiece--a witty, loving, totally believable novel of the way a typically atypical family lives now. Lynne Sharon Schwartz is the Jane Austen of urban America at century's end." Dan Wakefield.

Referred Pain
The varied stories in "Referred Pain"--ranging from the domestic to the supernatural--subert the conventions of realism with an outrageousness that mixes tragedy with black humor. Booklist says, "Never before has Schwartz so fully disclosed both her incisive use of language and penetrating understanding of the human psyche."

The Four Questions
Ori's Sherman's luminous and whimsical paintings of animals enacting the Passover story and enjoying the ritual Seder make this retelling especially appealing to children. The text is lucid and vivid, in a way that makes children eager to learn more. Split-frame pictures can be read upside down as well.

Selected Works

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."
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.
Selection of interviews with and essays on the late writer, W.G. Sebald
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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