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

  • Andrew Bertaina
    Jun 20, 2019
    If you're looking to read something strange, look no further. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Sonya
    Aug 11, 2019
    I'm declining to rate what comes across as an oddity because it isn't enough on its own. It took about twenty minutes to read through this diary which was a real five-year diary the author found and then manipulated into a year's worth of entries. It was a step back in time to when my ...
  • 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 Robertson
    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...
  • 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! ...
  • booksandcarbs
    Jul 03, 2019
    Scanlan found the diary of an 86 year-old woman from a small town in IL (it was headed to trash -- she didn't steal it) and then curated portions of the diary. The diarist captured her daily chores, visits, weather, hobbies, illnesses, even deaths. Her phrases reminded me of things my ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pedro
    Mar 24, 2019
    I wanted to like this book. I really did! I like the writer?s original work - I?m still totally anticipating her short story collection, The Dominant Animal - but I felt I was missing something with this short book. Maybe it?s the style, the sparse content that is given in each 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Maggie Ignasiak
    Jul 09, 2019
    If partial stars existed, this would have earned a 2.75. I wouldn't say I liked it, but it was definitely entertaining. It felt like talking to my own grandmother. The mundane brought to the surface. The diarists days move slowly, though it's clear they are full, whether it be of wonde...
  • Mary Bolton
    Jul 10, 2019
    There's a BuzzFeed video that I'm obsessed with; I watch it so much because its conceit is so fascinating (especially to a snoop like me). In it, the vlogger buys a diary off eBay and proceeds to read it, as one would read a book. I think about this video all the time. I've searched an...
  • Jasmine Pope
    Aug 07, 2019
    Interesting little book capturing the dailies at end of life from a real diary found at an estate sale. It seems to have a sad but ?it is what it is? undertone, nothing too personal and only glimpses into the way she thinks and who she is as a person. It does feel a little dirty re...
  • Paperback Paris
    Jun 13, 2019
    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Editor-in-Chief, Paris Close. Read more. Kathryn Scanlan?s Aug 9?Fog is a rearrangement of sentences taken from a stranger?s diary she found at an estate auction 15 years ago. Its author is an 86-year-old woman whose annals s...
  • 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! ...