For You, for You I Am Trilling These Songs (Paperback)

By Kathleen Rooney

Counterpoint LLC, 9781582435459, 245pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2009

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In this collection about life as a twentysomething in the twenty-first century, Kathleen Rooney writes with the finesse of someone well beyond her years, but with fresh insights that reveal a girl still making discoveries at every turn. Varied and original, the tales in For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs recount the perils of falling in love with the unlikeliest of people, of visiting the New York apartments of a vanished poet, and of touring an animal retirement home with her parents. Of getting a Brazilian wax, and of chauffeuring a U.S. senator around town. Of saying good-bye to a cousin who's joining a convent, and of trying to convince herself that she's not wasting her life. This is a book about love and longing, poetry and plagiarism, death and democracy, mountain floods and Midwestern cicadas. Here is a young woman struggling to find her place as an adult and a citizen in an America that rarely manages to live up to Whitman's dream of it. With this book, Rooney sings--yes, in fact, she trills--loud and clear.

Praise For For You, for You I Am Trilling These Songs

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This esoteric, organic meditation on life as an art object is itself a model of personal writing, perfect for those on either side of the easel.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Rooney . . . explores the territory between female beauty and intelligence, art and pornography, object and observereven the border between life and deathwith insight and passion.” The Los Angeles Times