Gerards year of living dangerously. Nicole Rudick, Paris Review Gerards writing has been described as unflinching, but perhaps the better terms are generous and patient. No idealization can withstand this kind of scrutiny, and thank God, because I would not trade the hours Ive spent in Gerards world for any more perfect version. Nick Moran, The Millions Sunshine State, embodies Floridas unpredictability in the best sense. A Brooklyn Rail, best Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard, theres the formerly homeless minister who misappropriates money during drug relapses. You may unsubscribe from these email communications at any time. In Gerards work, the body is made of star stuff. Focusing on a single state, Gerards scope is nonetheless quite large, and her sensitive, sympathetic writers sensitivity for her subjects and interviewees is apparent.
But the stories in Gerards type an essay follow-up to her breakout novel, Binary Star, are all terribly true and scholarly researched. He becomes our embezzling protagonist whose tales about the birds he rescues never quite add. Gerard is a virtuoso of language, which in her hands is precise, unlabored, and quietly wrought with emotion. Gerards writing transports completely, thanks both to the eerie, atmospheric prose itself and to her thorough investigative journalism; each essay carries the reader to a seemingly foreign world. There are about 50 combined pages of bibliography and endnotes to prove. Gerard admits that she has been drawn to the churchs teaching that individuals create potential in the world by first believing.
Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House For those who fear Florida is comprised primarily of gators and the insane, this book may seem like it was written for you. Sarahs compassionate and boundlessly curious essay collection drives always toward truth, even when that truth is hard to bear. Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America Using the state as a means to write about themes like identity, intimacy, and family, Gerard weaves a beautifully complex book that tackles some of the countrys most.