Multiply/divide: On The American Real And Surreal by Wendy S. WaltersMultiply/divide: On The American Real And Surreal by Wendy S. Walters

Multiply/divide: On The American Real And Surreal

byWendy S. Walters

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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In the manner of Calvino'sInvisible Cities, Wendy S. Walters's essays deftly explore the psyches of cities such as Chicago, Detroit, New York, Portsmouth, and Washington, D.C. In Cleveland," she interviews an African-American playwright who draws great reviews, but can't muster an audience. An on-air telephone chat between a DJ and his listeners drives a discussion of race and nutrition in "Chicago Radio." In "Manhattanville" the author, out for a walk with her biracial son, is mistaken for his nanny. Each essay explores societal questions-how eras of immense growth can leave us unable to prosper from that growth, how places intended for safety become fraught with danger, and how race and gender bias threaten our communities. Walters's haunting utterances are beautifully precise estimations of a place and its people. "
Wendy S. Walters: Wendy S. Walters is the author of two books of poems,Troy, Michigan andLonger I Wait, More You Love Me. Her work has appeared inHarper's, Bookforum, The Iowa Review, and others. She is Associate Professor of creative writing at The New School University in New York.
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Title:Multiply/divide: On The American Real And SurrealFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 7.72 × 6.08 × 0.56 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Sarabande BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1941411045

ISBN - 13:9781941411049

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An Indie Next Pick for AugustOne of Flavorwire's 50 Best Independent Press Books of 2015One of The Root's 14 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015One of Literary Hub's Best Books of 2015One of Buzzfeed's 24 Best Literary Debuts of 2015 One of Mosaic Magazine's Best Books of 2015Wendy S. Walters' new collectionMultiply/Divide contains pieces written over the last nine years, but its themes and motifs - personal identity, racial unease, the echoes between historical and contemporary violence - are built for this anxious moment."-The Chicago Tribune'Perhaps the book this year that best aligns itself with Kenneth Burke's idea of stories as 'equipment for living,' Walters'sMultiply/Divide bends the boundaries of fiction, nonfiction, and lyrical essay, while at the same time crossing osmotically through the hyper-realities of American life-especially those guiding matters of race and gender.'-Jonathan Sturgeon,Flavorwire, "Ten Must-Read Books for August 2015""[I]n the tradition of great American essayists, Walters looks at what frightens her-not just slavery, but also America's wars in the Middle East and violence against black people in America-as well as the personal, small joys of motherhood and family. Walters gives us a stunningly beautiful exploration of race, nationhood and identity as she plumbs the depths of the American psyche."-The Root, "14 of the Best Nonfiction Books by Black Authors in 2015"" I would give much to see the world the way Wendy S. Walters does, even for a day, for an hour. The hybridity of this collection-essay cum poem cum fragment cum diary entry-hearkens way back to the continental feuilleton (see: Joseph Roth), a mode of impressionistic observation that can be both broadly political and deeply personal. In Walters supremely talented hands, the one is never far from the other."Jonny Diamond, Editor in Chief,Literary Hub"Wendy S. Walters... guides the reader through cities and neighborhoods, articulating nuances with cogent and poetic language, and allows the complexity of the subject matter to unfurl like a map. I regularly revisit these essays, and with each re-read become more captivated, curious, and amazed."-Mosaic Magazine"Powerful and thought provoking."-Shelf Awareness, Starred Review"The way stories are told and retold, deconstructed and reconstructed, is the major theme ofMultiply/Divide. Walters is essaying the story... as she explores how people fit their narratives into their current frame of mind."-Andrew Bomback,The Millions"In Multiply/Divide, the way truth is stretched and set on fire seems rooted in a desire to undergird what we normally take for granted as the capital t truth of nonfiction- footnotes, citations, references-with a whispering cluster of smaller truths that reveal the aspects of self that nonfiction writers rarely reveal... .[A] visceral examination of our weird loneliness."-Tarpaulin Sky'Multiply/Divide is the perfect title for this book, in which Wendy S. Walters brandishes not only fierce moral imagination but, even more impressively, profound human complicity. I'm a besotted fan.'-David Shields'In these bold, quirky, intimate, experimental essays, the author both fearlessly discloses the personal and embeds her individuality in the larger dilemmas of the historical moment. Wendy S. Walters's sense of humor and sharp intelligence, her ability to move from the micro to the macro, her balance between outrage and wonderment, make for very lively company indeed.'?-Phillip Lopate'Lyric invention, historical inquiry, elegy, allegory, dialogue, and confession: these essays are astonishing. Wendy S. Walters is a solitary traveler who contains and confronts multitudes. No contradiction goes unexplored; no question goes unasked. Complexities multiply and divide; new possibilities arise. This is a wondrous and uncanny book.'-Margo Jefferson'An intense longing drives this spell-binding collection from Wendy S. Walters. Exploring the full range of the essay's forms, Walters discovers and names the often troubling ways race and class inform what it means to belong-in a place, a community, even in the bodies we inherit at birth. Alternately unsettling and revealing,Multiply/Divide is an important contribution to a conversation that is long overdue.'-Lacy M. Johnson "