A New York Times bestseller, The Still Point of the Turning World is Emily Rapp's arresting eulogy for her late son Ronan: a mother's experience raising a terminally ill child, and what it taught her about family, grief and parenting. This paperback edition includes a new chapter detailing the events that have taken place in Rapp's life since Ronan's passing in February 2013.
A former Fulbright scholar and graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Emily Rapp is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon and Slate among other pubblications. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award, a James A. Michener Fellowship at the University of Texas-Austin, and the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence fellowship at Bucknell University. She is currently professor of creative writing and literature at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and a faculty member in the University of California-Riverside MFA Program. For more information on Emily, visit her website, http://emilyrapp.com.
A brilliant study of the wages of mortal love. - The New York TimesRapp has written a beautiful and passionate elegy for her son, a book that offers deep wisdom for any reader. - The Boston GlobeA radiant book steeped in deep feelings. - Los Angeles TimesRapp combines an essayist's willingness to lay herself bare on the page, a theologian's search to plumb the mysteries of life and a poet's precision. - The San Francisco ChronicleThe Still Point of the Turning World begins as a book about a parent's worst fear, a child's death, but it finally becomes a celebration of Ronan's life, a call to action that urges us, its readers, to be fierce in our loves and our lives. - NPRStunning. - O MagazineAgonising and sublime, is one of the greatest books I've read about how to love... An unforgettable, soul-gripping book. - The AustralianRapp writes with such radiant honesty and intelligence, pulling you close, making you care, teaching us to live in the moment-and love deeply. - Who Magazine