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A Horse at Night - Amina Cain

A Horse at Night

By: Amina Cain

Paperback | 31 January 2023

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Without planning it, I wrote a diary of sorts. Lightly. A diary of fiction. Or is that not what this is?

Essayistic inquiries come together into a sustained meditation on writers and their works, on the spaces of reading and writing fiction, and how these spaces take shape inside a life.

In A Horse at Night, Amina Cain contemplates how to be honest, open and free, as a person and a writer, even (and perhaps especially) during a time of great change. She moves elegantly through a personal canon of authors - including Marguerite Duras, Elena Ferrante and Annie Ernaux - and topics as timely and various as female friendships, neighbourhood coyotes, landscape painting and the politics of excess, to profound and joyous effect.

An individual reckoning with the contemporary moment and a quietly brilliant contribution to the lineage of Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own or William H. Gass's On Being Blue, A Horse at Night is a virtuosic argument for - and beautiful demonstration of - the essential unity of writing and life.

About the Author

Amina Memory Cain is the author of the novel Indelicacy, a New York Times Editors' Choice and staff pick at the Paris Review, finalist for the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, and longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. She is also the author of two collections of short stories. Her writing has appeared in Granta and the Paris Review Daily, and other places. She lives in Los Angeles.
Industry Reviews
'Stunning; unbelievably subtle, precise, & intelligent about writing, creativity & art making more widely.' - Rebecca Tamas, author of Strangers

'A Horse at Night is a thing of rare beauty. A book to make you fall in love with the life of a real or imagined writer in a way that feels completely fresh - I love it!' - Susan Finlay

'It was a joy to spend time in the company of the author's elegant, wise voice. Many a sentence was underlined. It felt like some bizarre kind of manual.' - GQ

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