Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking

Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking

by Aoibheann Sweeney
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Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney

Critically acclaimed by reviewers across the country, Aoibheann Sweeney's beautifully written debut novel is a story of the profound human need for intimacy. For Miranda, the adolescence spent in her fog-shrouded Maine home has been stark and isolated? alone with her troubled father, a man consumed with his work translating Ovid's Metamorphoses, her mother mysteriously gone from their lives. Now, having graduated from high school, Miranda's father arranges for her to stay with old friends in Manhattan, and she embarks on a journey that will open up her father's past, and her own world?in ways she cannot begin to imagine.

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ISBN-13: 9781101202227
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/19/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 258 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Aoibheann Sweeney earned her B.A. at Harvard University, where she won the John Harvard Scholarship and Elizabeth Carey Agassiz Award, and her MFA at the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. She has been a resident fellow at the MacDowell Colony and at Yaddo. She has written book reviews for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, and The Village Voice Literary Supplement. She is currently director of the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sarafenix More than 1 year ago
While the father completes a new translation of Metamorphosis, the daughter accomplishes one of her own. A little predictable, with characters that were extremely one dimensional, the book still held my attention through wonderfully descriptive and lyrically written moments. I'm sure the title of the book is and example of projecting the transitions of the characters and the most enjoyable parts were found in this type of descriptive format. Don't read this expecting a page-turner or a plot line that doesn't require some thinking. The strength of this novel is in its ability to maintain your interest while sometimes blundering through a morass of symbolism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first part of this book takes you so deeply into the life of the character and her remote life with her father in Maine, it is hard to shake. In fact, I live in Florida and it was hard to remember where I was. Sweeney writes the thoughts of this character in a wholly original way, helping us see inside her loneliness, her connection to story, to nature, and to art. I read this book in less than 24 hours...simply did not want to stop until it was over. This character will stay with me for a long time.