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Kathryn Rhett


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Souvenir, a collection of autobiographical essays rooted in the present, investigates travel, staying put, and how it is that our experience of being here right now includes so much of being elsewhere at another time. Rhett reconciles present to past in serious encounters with birth and death, alongside lighter observations. In a world that makes no sense except the sense we make of it, Souvenir plays with the dynamics of home and away to represent the fullness of daily life.

Carnegie Mellon University Press, 9780887485893, 176pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

About the Author

KATHRYN RHETT’s work has appeared in Harvard Review, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and elsewhere. Her pieces have been selected four times as Notable Essays for Best American Essays. The recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in nonfiction, she teaches at Gettysburg College in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Queens University in Charlotte, and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.