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Kathryn Harrison


Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels ENVY, THE SEAL WIFE, THE BINDING CHAIR, POISON, EXPOSURE, THICKER THAN WATER and ENCHANTMENTS. She has also written memoirs, THE KISS and THE MOTHER KNOT, a travel memoir, THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO, a biography, SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX, and a collection of personal essays, SEEKING RAPTURE. Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Vogue, O Magazine, Salon and other publications. Her latest book is JOAN OF ARC: A LIFE TRANSFIGURED. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their children. She is currently working on a novel.

Kathryn Harrison

Books by Kathryn Harrison

by Kathryn Harrison - Memoir, Nonfiction

In a collection of essays, Harrison captures moments and impulses that shape a family. In “Keeping Virgil,” Harrison reflects on the loss of her father-in-law and how he managed to repair something her own father had broken. In “Holiday Lies,” she describes the uneasy but necessary task of lying to her children about Santa Claus and the Tooth fairy. In “Mini-Me,” she writes about the birth of her youngest daughter. In “True Crime,” she writes for the first time in almost two decades since THE KISS, about her affair with her father, and how she has reckoned with the girl she once was.

by Kathryn Harrison - Biography, History, Nonfiction

In JOAN OF ARC: A LIFE TRANSFIGURED, Kathryn Harrison gives us a Joan for our time --- a shining exemplar of unshakable faith, extraordinary courage and self-confidence during a brutally rigged ecclesiastical inquisition and in the face of her death by burning. Deftly weaving historical fact, myth, folklore, artistic representations, and centuries of scholarly and critical interpretation into a compelling narrative, she restores Joan of Arc to her rightful position as one of the greatest heroines in all of human history.

by Kathryn Harrison - Fiction, Historical Fiction

After Rasputin’s body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his 18-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his headstrong son Prince Alyosha, and Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha find solace in each other’s company.