Aug 9 - Fog

Aug 9 - Fog

A Paris Review Staff Pick, one of Chicago Tribune's 25 Hot Books of Summer, and one of The A.V. Club's 15 Most Anticipated Books of 2019 A stark, elegiac account of unexpected pleasures and the progress of seasons Fifteen years ago, Kathryn Scanlan found a stranger's five-year diary at an estate auction in a small town in Illinois. The owner of the diary was eighty-six years A Paris Review Staff Pick, one of Chicago Tribune's 25 Hot Books of Summer, and one of The A.V. Club's 15 Most An...

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Title:Aug 9 - Fog
Author:Kathryn Scanlan
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:0374106878
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:128 pages pages

Aug 9 - Fog Reviews

  • Chris
    Nov 14, 2019
    An odd little book of cut ups from an old Midwest diary. It's sort of a poetic movement through the seasons for people who seem either quite old, or very sickly. The design of the book is really cool, but there's sort of an empty feeling throughout. ...
  • Zach
    Jun 29, 2019
    Beautiful and inventive but also empty of character and perspective. Strangely missing setting as well, considering how much of the narrative is about weather and seasons. And yet I would recommend it highly. ...
  • Danny
    Aug 12, 2019
    From what I can tell it's a remix of lines from an actual diary found in an estate sale. It is very short, almost reads like a collection of progressive haiku because the passages are so brief. It's organized by seasons and is broadly atmospheric, but also includes specific details...
  • Sam
    Aug 01, 2019
    This little book contains the beauty of everyday life. Arranging an everyday existence into poetry reminding that everyone contains galaxies. ...
  • Christopher
    May 11, 2019
    Glad there?s room in the world for something like this. Quiet and small, but beautiful. A perfectly titled experience. ...
  • Tom
    Jul 24, 2019
    Based on entries from an elderly woman?s diary over the course of four years, starting from when the woman was 86, Scanlan condensed and re-arranged entries from this diary to create a fictional year in the life of an unnamed narrator, whose entries are terse and sometimes semi-crypt...
  • Robin
    Jul 04, 2019
    A strangely wonderful little treasure. ...
  • Bandit
    May 15, 2019
    This isn?t really a book, is it? Not in a way that someone would spend money on it, surely. Technically, yes, it?s formatted and published as a book, but realistically speaking it is 128 pages I was easily able to read in just under 15 minutes. This is beyond spare, beyond minimali...
  • Toni
    Nov 13, 2019
    This ultra slim volume was oddly compelling to read. The entire book can be read in one sitting while you drink a cup of tea. The ebook is 113 pages, but there is heavy use of white space, so each page contains an average of three or four lines. The book is lyrical and sparse, and it r...
  • Richard
    Jun 08, 2019
    A small, quiet experiment about a life lived. Day to day, storm to storm, death to death. A special artifact. I look forward to Scanlan's collection of brilliant short fiction! ...
  • Kathleen
    Jun 07, 2019
    What a bizarre little book! I enjoyed it very much, and even started to feel for the characters. The voice of the original writer still comes through. ...
  • Sonia Schoenfield
    Aug 09, 2019
    I picked this up out of curiosity off the new book shelf in the library. It's small, has a linen cover, and the title is the same day as today. What are the odds?! The author, Kathryn Scanlan, wrote this book using sentences and phrases from a diary she bought at an estate sale. It'...
  • Simon Sweetman
    Aug 22, 2019
    Loved reading this mad, weird, charming wee gem of a book. A brilliant idea and experiment. Charming and glorious and odd and perfect. ...
  • Ema
    May 20, 2019
    This is gorgeous. ...
  • Jordan
    Nov 25, 2019
    Saddest little book I ever did read ...
  • Rhys
    Dec 01, 2019
    I love experimental books, ones that play with format and perspectives and such, so when I read the description of this work, I immediately went and got it from my library. This is a unique collection and rearrangement by the author of a real elderly woman's diary that spans 5 years. F...
  • Lydia Granda
    Jun 17, 2019
    This book had a great idea, but after reading it the only thing that I can say is it's so disappointing, I can't imagine anyone paying for this, it took 15 minutes to read while I waited to see my doctor and it left me feeling empty, like where was the rest of it. I do not recommend ...
  • Andrew
    Jun 20, 2019
    I'm not even really sure how to categorize this. It's labeled as fiction, but it's real pieces of an elderly woman's private diary... nonfiction? Honestly, I would have just preferred her transcribed journal. This isn't even really the author's own writing rather than her favorite part...
  • Jonathan
    Jun 08, 2019
    2.5- this was such a smart intriguing idea and it was executed somewhat well for me but still left me desiring a little more. I think some will find what the book is telling and that?s amazing because it truly is a great swift little read but I was personally not a great fan of it, i...
  • Etienne
    Jan 11, 2020
    2,5/5. Literacy experimentation where an author rewrite/edited pieces of an old diary she fund and turn it into fictional diary I guess... Original take but the result is a bit empty, the writing and the moment describe has a kind of melancholic beauty to them but it just isn't enough ...
  • Paris (parisperusing)
    Jun 01, 2019
    "Ever where glare of ice. We didn't sleep too good. My pep has left me. D. & I out to cemetery toward evening. Flowers frozen. We are alone tonite." Kathryn Scanlan?s Aug 9?Fog is a rearrangement of sentences taken from a stranger?s diary she found at an estate aucti...
  • Kathleen Gray
    May 22, 2019
    This isn't a novel, it isn't a novella, it isn't a lot of things. This is short and reads more like poetry than anything else. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. It's an interesting conceit to take someone else's writing and "collage it" to make it "your own" but it comes out more as an...
  • Cherise Wolas
    Aug 28, 2019
    110 pages in the tiny hardcover. Scanlan found a diary written by an elderly woman at an estate sale and spent a significant amount of time choosing, arranging and rearranging some of the short entries. It reminds me of artists who rework found objects (someone else's old painting or p...
  • Kassie
    Jul 24, 2019
    This beautiful slim little volume takes us into the mind and writing of an ordinary woman in Illinois. The author has taken the diary of a stranger found at an estate sale and turned the entries into a free form poetry. It left me wanting to know the characters better. ...
  • Lola G.
    Jul 09, 2019
    The diary is interesting, but the editing is jarring. ...
  • Margot
    Oct 12, 2019
    Scanlon found this diary by an 86 year-old woman at an estate sale. Then she refashioned it, keeping the writer's words, but cutting and rearranging her sentences. The diarist records changes in the weather, a friend's illness, making pickles, a humdinger of a jigsaw puzzle. It is spar...
  • Ben Niespodziany
    Apr 11, 2019
    This book just wrecked me. Throughout the reading, I found myself jotting down ideas and fragments for my own pieces of flash/poetry. The ending! So minimal and timeless and surreal and moving. Makes you want to walk outside and write about the weather. Unlike anything I've read. Can't...
  • Dave Wheeler
    Jul 10, 2019
    I?m not usually a fan of these types of experimental writing styles, but the setup of the author buying this diary and taking phrases from it and reconfiguring it to a story intrigued me. Scanlan has something unique here, a short and intimate look at the anonymous diary writers life...
  • Amanda Clark
    Jun 20, 2019
    The worst thing about this book is that it ended. I absolutely adore this little book and already plan on buying it for several people that would also love it! ...
  • Madeline Jefferies
    Oct 03, 2019
    This may not have been the best format for this book, but it moved well. I'd like to see it come to life more. ...