The Kiss

The Kiss

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Random House, Inc.
In this extraordinary memoir, one of the best young writers in America today transforms into a work of art the darkest passage imaginable in a young woman's life: an obsessive love affair between father and daughter that began when Kathryn Harrison, twenty years old, was reunited with a parent whose absence had haunted her youth.

Exquisitely and hypnotically written, like a bold and terrifying dream, The Kiss is breathtaking in its honesty and in the power and beauty of its creation.  A story both of taboo and of family complicity in breaking taboo, The Kiss is also about love -- about the most primal of love triangles, the one that ensnares a child between mother and father.

Baker & Taylor
The author of the best-selling novels, Exposure and Poison, recounts her sexual affair with her long-absent father, who reappeared when she was in her twenties, and the suffering and eventual readjustment that followed. 40,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
In this extraordinary memoir, one of the best young writers in America today transforms into a work of art the darkest passage imaginable in a young woman's life: an obsessive love affair between father and daughter that began when Kathryn Harrison, twenty years old, was reunited with the father whose absence had haunted her youth.
Exquisitely and hypnotically written, like a bold and terrifying dream, The Kiss is breathtaking in its honesty and in the power and beauty of its creation. A story both of taboo and of family complicity in breaking taboo, The Kiss is also about love - about the most primal of love triangles, the one that ensnares a child between mother and father.

Baker
& Taylor

The author recounts her sexual affair with her long-absent father, who reappeared when she was in her twenties, and the suffering and eventual readjustment that followed

Publisher: New York : Random House, 1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679449997
067944999X
Characteristics: 207 p. ; 21 cm

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blakjaxx13
Apr 08, 2018

I was introduced to Kathryn Harrison's memoir, The Kiss, by a former professor. He suggested studying her writing style and approach to delicate and controversial topics. What I found was a simple truth in her words as she shares her experiences of trauma and abuse throughout her life. The book is a fairly quick and easy read, but long after finishing, its words will haunt you. As far as the subject content in this book, it does not tip-toe around abuse. It transports you there where you can feel what she felt. Having a 'higher tolerance' to topics such as sexual abuse, I do recommend this read to tolerant readers as it helps shed light on how survivors are groomed, manipulated and brainwashed by abusers. This memoir does a beautiful job at breaking down the disastrous myth that sexual abuse only occurs violently. With guidance, this book *may* be suitable for older and mature teen readers, though it certainly does feature adult content.

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erinsnest
Jun 01, 2013

June 1 2013, I guess I could say I started this today, but I'm reading 4 books at a time (Into the Abyss, Reluctant Pioneer, The Kiss, and Prisoners of the North,) so which one will win out as my "main" read, remains to be seen! (I might read this one first, as it is very small) (and interesting too!).....June 2, finished this today. The description given in the "item details" is a very good summary. I don't think I can do better than that. In reading the book, I was transfixed, disturbed, mesmerized, horrified. I had to keep reminding myself that it was not a novel, as what I was reading was so disturbing that I found it hard to get my mind around the fact that it was true. I will read more of Kathryn's books. She truly is a gifted writer, and a very brave one also. This story will stick with me, and I will be sure to remember it in times of adversity. Going to pass it on to a friend before I return it. Should spark some great conversation!

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