Safekeeping Cover


Some True Stories from a Life

By Abigail Thomas

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385720557, 192pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2001


A beautifully crafted and inviting account of one woman’s life, Safekeeping offers a sublimely different kind of autobiography. Setting aside a straightforward narrative in favor of brief passages of vivid prose, Abigail Thomas revisits the pivotal moments and the tiny incidents that have shaped her life: pregnancy at 18; single motherhood (of three!) by the age of 26; the joys and frustrations of three marriages; and the death of her second husband, who was her best friend. The stories made of these incidents are startling in their clarity and reassuring in their wisdom.

This is a book in which silence speaks as eloquently as what is revealed. Openhearted and effortlessly funny, these brilliantly selected glimpses of the arc of a life are, in an age of excessive confession and recrimination, a welcome tonic.

About the Author
Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas "(The Lives of a Cell)", is the mother of four children and the grandmother of twelve. She is the author of six previous books, including the memoir "A Three Dog Life", which was named one of the best books of 2006 by the "Los Angeles Times" and "The" "Washington Post". She teaches writing and lives in Woodstock.