The Kiss

A Memoir

    • 3.7 • 52 Ratings
    • $11.99
    • $11.99

Publisher Description

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.

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. 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.

Praise for The Kiss

“I couldn’t stop reading this. I’ll never stop remembering it.”—Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club

“Only a writer of extraordinary gifts could bring so much light to bear on so dark a matter, redeeming it with the steadiness of her gaze and the uncanny, heartbreaking exactitude of her language.”—Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life

“Beautifully written . . . jumping back and forth in time yet drawing you irresistibly toward the heart of a great evil.”The New York Times

“Like all good literature, The Kiss illuminates something that we knew already, while also teaching us things we had not even suspected.”Los Angeles Times
“A darkly beautiful book, fearless and frightening, ironic and compassionate.”—Mary Gordon, author of Circling My Mother

“Harrison’s story is her own, but it is also a brilliant fiction, densely mythic, sometimes almost liturgical sounding and raw. She is both author and protagonist of a dark pilgrim’s progress.”The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

Biographies & Memoirs
March 4
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

teawithyvonne ,

Amazingly written truth

I started this book knowing two of the characters and was totally spellbound on how I was drawn into being spellbound to the last page.

somberwalddryad ,

Best book I have ever read

This book made me distraught. It made me passionate. It made me so filled with emotion that all I could do is cry. I wept for the author, her life, her relationships, and abuse. We are not so different, and I have been able to look at myself in such an introspective way in which has never been accomplished by me before or since. Beautiful work, literally a masterpiece.

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