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The Ancestry of Objects

The Ancestry of Objects

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A young woman meets a man at a restaurant. They exchange words only briefly, but by the end of the week he has entered her world with an intensity rivaled only by her desire to end her life.

Told with the lyrical persistence of a Greek chorus, The Ancestry of Objects unravels the story of the unnamed narrator's affair with David: married, graying, and in whose malcontent she sees her need for change. Religion, the mystery of her absent mother, and the ghosts of her grandparents haunt her meetings with him. Memories start, stop, and loop back in on themselves to form the web of her identity and her voice--something she's looked for her whole life. Nothing can fill the voids of time and loss; not God, not memory, not family, and certainly not love.

At once intensely sensory and urgently erotic, The Ancestry of Objects parses the multiplicity of selves who become a part of us as we push to survive. This is Ryckman - a master of the obsessive, desirous, complex exhaustion of human relationships - in peak form.

Author: Tatiana Ryckman
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Published: 09/08/2020
Pages: 200
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.45lbs
Size: 6.90h x 4.90w x 0.70d
ISBN: 9781646050253

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2020
Publishers Weekly 07/27/2020

About the Author

Tatiana Ryckman is the author of I Don't Think of You (Until I Do) (Future Tense), and two chapbooks of prose; and the editor of Austin-based publisher Awst Press. She has been a writer in residence at Yaddo, Arthub, and 100W. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Lit Hub, Paper Darts, Barrelhouse, The Rumpus, and other publications. Tatiana can be found on airplanes or at

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