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Afterglow

A Dog Memoir
Narrated by: Eileen Myles
Length: 5 hrs
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Prolific and widely renowned, Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work "set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match" (New York Review of Books). This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie.

In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly became central to the writer's life and work. During the course of their 16 years together, Myles was madly devoted to the dog's well-being, especially in her final days. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie's death, Afterglow launches a heartfelt and fabulist investigation into the true nature of the bond between pet and pet owner. Through this lens, we witness Myles' experiences with intimacy and spirituality, celebrity and politics, alcoholism and recovery, fathers and family history, as well as the fantastical myths we spin to get to the heart of grief.

Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles' childhood puppet to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull, from lyrical transcriptions of their walks to Rosie's enlightened narration from the afterlife, Afterglow illuminates all that it can mean when we dedicate our existence to a dog.

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©2017 Eileen Myles (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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woof!

thank you Eileen Myles. I’ve read the hot-off-the-press book, now listened to you read your book, and wow, it’s up there for me with Cool For You, and ‘The End of New England’. In general it’s in my list of five best ever books - alongside the only one I remember - Genet’s Prisoner of Love

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  • vaudevillian
  • 15-11-2018

Prose poems that had puppies

Hearing Myles perform the Rosie book is almost as enjoyable as seeing them give a reading. The intimacy of hearing Myles pronounce the words on the page brings me joy. This book was one I read with a queer book club at my university. It's a tapestry of foam, family, and memory. Reading it, listening to it, and talking about it with fellow travelers has been the highlight of my fall 2018 semester. #poet #memoir #pitbull #queer #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-10-2018

Memorable and surreal memoir

Afterglow is a compelling and surrealistic memoir about a woman's life with her dog. I really enjoyed the addition of puppets and a dog interview at the beginning of the book, but it's only brought up once in the entire book, so I believe advertising it as having fake interviews with puppets is a little misleading, even if it's technically true. The book length is perfect and tells the narrative concisely while still giving out important details. I did take some issue with the narration, however. I acknowledge that it could be just me because I am not usually accustomed to listening to audiobooks, but I found that the speaker's narration of the story was sort of flat and monotonous.