Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Elisabeth Hanscombe: The Art of Disappearing

This book will break your heart if you have one. And yet, through it all, and even after you have finished reading it, you will give thanks for its simplicity, grace, and intelligence. Rare indeed is the autobiographical work that is so keenly and objectively observed, especially one that focuses on childhood and coming of age under such trying, difficult circumstances. Life in a large family with an alcoholic, sexually abusive father is enough to break some, and permanently damage others. To survive is a triumph, especially when that survival flowers, without bitterness, as self-understanding. Love has the final word. And so we can truthfully say that Elisabeth Hanscombe’s life, still far from over and promising of work to come, is proof that despite or perhaps even because of pain, art and eloquence are ever within our grasp.

Highly recommended. Available on Amazon, or direct from the publisher.

Elisabeth’s blog, Sixth in Line.

The Art of Disappearing
by Elisabeth Hanscombe


Paper. 272 pages.

Brisbane : Glass House Books

ISBN-10 : 1925231585
ISBN-13 : 978-1925231588


Elisabeth Hanscombe said...

Thank you for your sensitive reading of my book, William. I can't tell you how much it means to me. Words are not enough.

William Michaelian said...

Elisabeth, The Art of Disappearing is a wonderful accomplishment, and an enlightening, richly satisfying reading experience. It is an honor to read, if I may put it that way. And so I thank you.