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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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“Barry Hannah is the best fiction writer to appear in the South since Flannery O’Connor.”
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“I loved this singularly honest and graceful book. The Journal Keeper reminds us that there is no such thing as an ordinary moment, and certainly no such thing as an ordinary life.” —Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love

The Journal Keeper
A Memoir
By Phyllis Theroux
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4528-4 • $14.95 • Paperback • Mar. 2011
Memoir

The Journal Keeper is a memoir of six years in writer Phyllis Theroux’s life. A natural storyteller, she slips her arm companionably into yours like an old friend just going for a stroll.

But Theroux’s stride is long and her eyes sharp, and she swings easily between subjects that occupy us all: love, loneliness, growing old, financial worries, spiritual growth, and watching her remarkable mother prepare for death.

As Theroux invites us to walk along with her, the path brings new friends, worries, and revelations. Her home opens to us as easily as to her countless friends and neighbors, and each turn of the page brings another impromptu "hello" that quickly becomes three hours of shared laughter. But despite the ease with which Theroux moves on to the thoughts of a new day, the common thread is the joy she finds in quiet moments with pen and paper. It’s a joy sometimes threatened by worries caused by a dwindling bank account or fears of the future, but ultimately reinvigorated by the thrill of new discoveries and pearls of old wisdom.

A gripping tale in journal form, The Journal Keeper is a rich feast from the writing life—with an unexpected twist. After the death of her beloved mother leaves Theroux with an emptiness that feels impossible to fill, she finds the love that she believed was closed to a woman of her age. This new relationship restores Theroux’s belief in life’s never-ending capacity for surprise.

Not until Theroux sat down to edit her journals for publication did she realize, in her words, "that a hand much larger and more knowing than my own was guiding my life and pen across the page." She makes a good case for this being true for us all.


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