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The Argonauts

Nelson, Maggie
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Melville House UK
Published: April 7, 2016
ISBN: 9780993414916
184 pages


  • A brave, fascinating memoir about love, gender, gender theory, having children, death, writing, and the modern family
  • Maggie Nelson, an established poet and prose writer, details her love for and relationship with Harry Dodge, a charismatic, gender-fluid artist (‘are you a man or a woman?’ the narrator wonders, but it just doesn’t matter)
  • In a brilliantly-written account that is moving as well as fascinating, Nelson charts her thoughts and feelings about becoming a step-parent, her pregnancy, Harry’s operation and testosterone injections, and the couple’s complex joys in queer-family creation
  • Hailed by Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, as ‘one of the most intelligent, generous, and moving books of the year’; by the Los Angeles Times as ‘a magnificent achievement of thought, care, and art’; and by the New Yorker as ‘a superb exploration of the risk and excitement of change’—The Argonauts is one of the most important and influential books of 2016
  • A must-read for literati, academics, and anyone interested in the new contours of the contemporary family.

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