The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography

The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography

by Deborah Levy
The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography

The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography

by Deborah Levy


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The bestselling exploration of the dimensions of love, marriage, mourning, and kinship from two-time Booker Prize finalist Deborah Levy.

A New York Times Notable Book
A New York Public Library Best Nonfiction Book of 2018

What does it cost a woman to unsettle old boundaries and collapse the social hierarchies that make her a minor character in a world not arranged to her advantage?

This vibrant memoir, a portrait of contemporary womanhood in flux, is an urgent quest to find an unwritten major female character who can exist more easily in the world. Levy considers what it means to live with meaning, value, and pleasure, to seize the ultimate freedom of writing our own lives, and reflects on the work of such artists and thinkers as Simone de Beauvoir, James Baldwin, Elena Ferrante, Marguerite Duras, David Lynch, and Emily Dickinson.

The Cost of Living, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal in Nonfiction, is crucial testimony, as distinctive, witty, complex, and original as Levy’s acclaimed novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635573534
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 153,132
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Deborah Levy, FRSL, writes fiction, plays, and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, widely broadcast on the BBC, and translated into fourteen languages. The author of highly praised novels, including Hot Milk and Swimming Home (both Man Booker Prize finalists), The Unloved, and Billy and Girl, the story collection Black Vodka, and the essay Things I Don't Want to Know, she lives in London.

Table of Contents

1 The Big Silver 1

2 The Tempest 5

3 Nets 11

4 Living in Yellow 15

5 Gravity 31

6 The Body Electric 41

7 The Black and Bluish Darkness 55

8 The Republic 67

9 Night Wandering 83

10 X Is Where I Am 97

11 Footsteps in the House 107

12 The Beginning of Everything 119

13 The Milky Way 127

14 Good Tidings 131

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